The Honorable William H. Frist
The Honorable William H. Frist, MD, was elected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees in July 2012 and joined the Board in January 2013.
Frist, currently a partner in the private equity firm Cressey & Co., represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years where he served on both the Health and Finance committees responsible for writing health legislation. A Republican, he was elected majority leader of the Senate in 2003, having served fewer total years in Congress than any person ever chosen to lead that body. His leadership was instrumental in passage of prescription drug legislation and revolutionary funding to fight HIV/AIDS at home and around the world. Frist writes for the online magazine The Week.
As the founder and director of the first of its kind Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center, Frist has performed over 150 heart and lung transplants and authored over 100 peer-reviewed medical articles and chapters, over 400 newspaper articles, and seven books on topics such as bioterrorism, transplantation, service, and leadership. He is board certified in both general and heart surgery.
Currently Frist serves as an adjunct professor of cardiac surgery at Vanderbilt University and clinical professor of surgery at Meharry Medical College. As a leading authority on health care, Frist also speaks nationally on health reform, government policy and politics, and volunteerism.
Frist majored in health policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs before graduating with honors from Harvard Medical School. He completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford under transplant pioneer Norm Shumway, MD.