Dr. Claire Browne is a surgical resident at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Her emotional intelligence (shown through her kindness and unmatched caring for her patients) and quick thinking earn her recognition and respect from the team working under Dr. Neil Melendez (whom she is implied to be attracted to). These traits allow her to communicate the most effectively with patients and especially with Dr. Shaun Murphy who, due to his autism, 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 in her strictly sexual relationship with Dr. Jared Kalu, another surgical resident. This may be due to her upbringing with her abusive mother. However, even with all her emotional and physical trauma, Dr. Browne continues to demonstrate that your past does not define who you will be in the future.
Claire's early life was one filled with physical and emotional abuse. 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. Whilst attempting to save money for a laptop through babysitting, Claire's mother took that money only to waste it, on top of leaving Claire alone for several days at a time. After leaving her abusive mother when she turned 18, Claire worked two jobs whilst living with multiple roommates at a time until she finally became a surgical resident.