Alumni Profile

William Frist, AB 1974
William Frist
Former U.S. Senator (R-TN); Chair of Executive Committee, Cressy & Company LP
AB, Class of 1974

Dr. William H. Frist is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairman of the Executive Council of the health service private equity firm Cressey and Company.  Senator Frist, representing Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years where he served on both Health and Finance committees, was elected Majority Leader having served fewer total years in Congress than anyone in history.  His leadership was instrumental to the passage of the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act and the unprecedented funding to fight global HIV/AIDS. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at Vanderbilt University and Clinical Professor of Surgery at Meharry Medical College. He serves as Senior Fellow and Co-Chair of the Health Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center. His board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, as well as multiple public and private health care companies.