You had me at advance my career.
Mina Okafor

Dr. Mina Okafor is a surgeon at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. She is portrayed by Shaunette Renée Wilson.


Dr. Mina Okafor is a Nigerian rising surgical star, recently trained on a new device that could redefine surgery. [1]

Season One

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Micah Stevens

When Micah returns to Chastain for a check-up [2], it is clear that he has a crush on Mina, and he manages to persuade her to get coffee together. He keeps on pursuing her, even though she says, "I will guarantee you one thing, I will break your brand new heart". But he'll risk it as its "replaceable". They later sleep together, and Micah declares they are a 'thing', but Mina is reluctant to start a relationship, as she can't give him what he needs. [3]

She’s adamant that it’s just sex, while he insists they’ve got a real connection but Micah’s body suddenly tenses up, and he’s barely able to speak. Mina rushes him to Chastain Park Memorial Hospital, where she tells the doctors that his symptoms appeared after "exertion". They discover that Micah has an aortic dissection, a complication of his heart transplant. Surgery is needed to fix the tear in Micah’s chest, but the survival rate for this procedure is not promising.

Mina asks Dr. AJ Austin to perform the surgery, which he agrees to do. Micah survives the procedure, and he wakes up later to find a tearful Mina at his bedside. [4]


Mina had two sisters, who both died in a house fire. Ngozi was aged 11 in 2014, while Kadara was 12. [5] Her mother is a famous Nigerian surgeon, Dr. Josephine Okeke.

Notes and Trivia

  • She is currently applying for an O-1 visa.
  • In the Pilot, it is revealed that there is a tree of life tattooed on the back of her neck.
  • Her hero, who she met in Haunted, is Dr. Eileen Jacoby.

Memorable Quotes

Mina It did suck.

Mina I want to cut tomorrow.

Mina [to Conrad] You had me at advance my career.

Mina I was invited because I’m black. Apparently, diversity matters.

Mina [to Micah] I will guarantee you one thing, I will break your brand new heart.




  1. Deadline
  2. Family Affair
  3. Total Eclipse of the Heart
  4. Total Eclipse of the Heart
  5. Heart in a Box