As noted in a recent Insider article, Grey’s Anatomy has always strived to take medicine seriously at the heart of its drama, even going so far as to have medics in the author’s room. One of these doctors was Dr. Zoanne Clack, who served as story editor on the set of Grey’s Anatomy during season one and has been part of the creative team ever since.
Before composing her “Grey’s” performance, Dr. Clack has served as a medical consultant on a handful of “ER” episodes. But once she found her way into Grey’s Anatomy, she began to hone her writing skills. The former ER doctor told Variety, “What was interesting is that the writers don’t have those boundaries because they don’t know the rules…” adding that part of her job was keeping the writers in check without the creativity to suppress.
Clack excelled in this position when series creator Shonda Rhimes made her a full-fledged producer until the Season 3 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. Today, Clack serves as executive producer on the hit series and was recently named executive writer and executive producer of the Grey’s spinoff series Station 19 (as per Deadline). Of course, these appearances mean that Dr. Clack probably doesn’t spend much time practicing real medicine these days, but it’s safe to assume her life in showbiz is just as eventful.