Brooke Smith Scrubs in at Seattle Grace

Brooke Smith made her sixth appearance on "Grey's Anatomy" Thursday night. She won't have to wait long for her seventh.

Smith has joined the ABC series full-time as Dr. Erica Hahn, who's becoming the new head of cardiothoracic surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital. She's a de facto replacement for the departed Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington), her one-time rival.

She's the second new regular to join the show this season, after Chyler Leigh, and her name was included with the regular cast in Thursday's credits.

Smith has been quite busy in recent months, doing a recurring role on Showtime's "Weeds" and guest-starring in the pilot of another ABC show, "Dirty Sexy Money."

Her credits also include a stint on "Crossing Jordan" and guest roles on "Six Feet Under," "Law & Order" and "Heist." On the big screen, Smith has appeared in "Silence of the Lambs," "The Namesake" and "Series 7."

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