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Bill Frist

Senator William Frist, MD, is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, founding partner of Frist Cressey Ventures, and Special Partner of the health service investment firm Cressey & Company.

As a U.S. Senator representing Tennessee from 1994 -2006, 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. His leadership was instrumental in the passage of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act that established Medicare Advantage, and the historic PEPFAR legislation that has provided life-saving treatment globally to 20 million people.

Senator Frist graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, and completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford. As the founder 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. In 2005, he predicted a major pandemic and proposed a “Manhattan Project for the 21st Century” to prepare our nation.

He is Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Health Project and serves on the boards of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and publicly traded companies Select Medical, Teladoc Health, Accolade, Smile Direct Club, and GS Acquisitions Holdings Corp II.

Dr. Frist is married and has three sons and lives on a farm in Franklin, Tennessee.

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