The Honorable William H. Frist, MD, was elected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees in July 2012; he joined the Board in January 2013.
Frist, currently a partner in the investment firm Cressey & Company and chairman of its Distinguished Executives Council, represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years where he served on both the HELP and Finance committees responsible for health legislation. 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. His leadership was instrumental in passage of prescription drug legislation and revolutionary funding to fight HIV/AIDS at home and around the world.
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 Frist serves as an adjunct professor of cardiac surgery at Vanderbilt University. As a leading authority on health care, Frist speaks nationally on health reform, government policy and politics, and volunteerism. 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.
Frist graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, and completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford.