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Senator William H. Frist, MD

by Jasmine Batchelor

January 31, 2019

Nationally-Acclaimed Heart and Lung Transplant Surgeon,
Former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader

Senator Bill Frist, MD is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader.  He is a partner at Cressey & Company and chairman of its Distinguished Executives Council, and is a founding partner of Frist Cressey Ventures.

Dr. Frist serves on the boards of publicly-traded companies AECOM, Select Medical Corporation, and Teladoc, as well as on the boards of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and the Kaiser Family Foundation.  In addition, he serves on multiple early- and mid-market health boards.  He co-founded Aspire Health, the largest non-hospice, community-based palliative care company in the nation, and is a board member of Devoted Health.

Senator Frist graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, and completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford.  As the founder and director of the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center, he performed over 150 heart and lung transplants, authored over 100 peer-reviewed medical articles, and published seven books on topics such as bioterrorism, transplantation, and leadership.

Senator Frist represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years. He was elected Majority Leader of the Senate in 2003, having served fewer total years in Congress than any person chosen to lead that body in history. His leadership was instrumental in the passage of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act and the historic PEPFAR legislation that provided life-saving treatment globally and helped reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide.

He founded Hope Through Healing Hands, a nonprofit on global health; NashvilleHealth, a community collaborative dedicated to improving the health of Nashvillians; and Tennessee’s State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE).

Currently, Dr. Frist serves as an adjunct professor of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University. He has three sons and lives on a farm with his wife Tracy in Franklin, Tennessee.