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Bill Frist, M.D.

Surgeon & Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

Senator Bill Frist, MD is a partner at healthcare venture firm Frist Cressey Ventures and healthcare private equity firm Cressey & Company.

Dr. Frist is both a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader.  He is consistently recognized among the most influential and innovative leaders in American healthcare and is one of only two individuals to rank in the top ten of each of the five inaugural Modern Healthcare Magazine annual surveys of the most powerful people in healthcare in the U.S.

Senator Frist serves on the boards of three publicly-traded companies AECOM, Select Medical Corporation, and Teladoc, as well as on the nonprofit boards of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy (Global Board), Kaiser Family Foundation, and Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.  He is a former board member of the Smithsonian Institution and Princeton University, and past chair of the Board of Fellows of Harvard Medical School.

Frist co-founded Aspire Health, now the country’s largest community-based palliative healthcare company. He serves on multiple early-and mid-market health boards including MDSave, Accolade, Aegis Sciences, and Unitek. In addition he is on the Global Advisory Board of Discovery Health (South Africa, China, England).

He is the founder of Hope Through Healing Hands, a nonprofit organization on global health; NashvilleHealth, the nationally recognized, community collaborative dedicated to improving population health; and the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), which contributed to Tennessee’s recognition as the fastest improving K12 education state in the nation for the past 7 years.

In the U.S. Senate, Dr. Frist was elected Majority Leader having served fewer years in Congress than anyone in history, and served on the Foreign Relations, Budget, Commerce, Finance and HELP committees. He was instrumental in the passage of the historic PEPFAR and the Medicare Modernization Act.

Dr. Frist lives on a farm with his wife Tracy. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.