IN A NUTSHELLHeart and lung transplant surgeon Bill Frist became the U.S. Senate Majority Leader and helped pass the Bush Administration's landmark HIV/AIDS global assistance bill. Today he continues to advocate for global health as a critical part of United States diplomacy.
Former Senator William Frist is a nationally acclaimed heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairman of the Executive Board of the health service private equity firm Cressey & Company. Actively engaged in the medical and humanitarian communities, Bill was instrumental in the passage of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act, and of the historic PEPFAR legislation that provided life-saving treatment to over 12 million people and reversed the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide. As the founder and director of the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center, he has performed over 150 heart and lung transplants, authored over 100 medical articles, and published seven books on topics such as bioterrorism, transplantation, and leadership. Currently, Bill serves as an adjunct professor of cardiac surgery at Vanderbilt University and clinical professor of surgery at Meharry Medical College.