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William Frist
Board of Directors

William Frist, MD

Former US Senate Majority Leader from Tennessee; Chairman & Founder, NashvilleHealth

He represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years where he served on both the Finance and HELP committees responsible for writing all health legislation. Dr. Frist was elected Majority Leader of the Senate, having served fewer total years in Congress than any person chosen to lead that body in history, and his leadership was instrumental in passage of the Medicare Part D prescription drug legislation and the landmark PEPFAR program that provided life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment globally to 20 million people. Prior to the Senate, Dr. Frist spent 20 years in clinical medicine, completing surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford. He founded the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center, where he performed over 150 heart and lung transplants. Currently an adjunct professor of Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he serves on the board of directors for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Nature Conservancy, as well as on the boards of publicly traded companies Teladoc Health, Smile Direct Club, Select Medical, and GS Acquisitions Holdings Corp II. Dr. Frist earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and a BA from Princeton University.