Dr. Claire Browne is a surgical resident at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Her emotional intelligence and quick thinking earn her recognition and respect from the team working under Dr. Neil Melendez (whom she is implied to have a crush on.) These traits allow her to communicate the most effectively with patients and especially with Dr. Shaun Murphy, who due to his condition has a difficulty learning professional social cues. But regardless of her caring and warm nature, Claire keeps intimate relationships she has at a distance which can be seen through her strictly sexual relationship with Dr. Jared Kalu, another surgical resident.
Claire's early life was one filled with physical and emotional abuse as her mother was a drug addict who attempted to kill her multiple times and there was no mention of a father to prevent this behavior. When she was in high school, Claire volunteered at a shelter for runaway teens. After leaving her abusive mother when she turned 18, Claire worked two jobs whilst living with multiple roommates at a time until she became a surgical resident. There is a suggestion that her gender and ethnicity presented themselves as obstacles for her. In S1 E10 “Sacrifice", Jared tried to convince Claire to file a sexual harassment complaint against Dr. Coyle to HR, to which she replied, "I do that and I get labeled 'hostile and difficult'. Neither of which work with my complexion or gender."