As a member of the 180 Board, Senator William H. Frist, MD has a passion for solving the national opioid epidemic and also partnering with and guiding socially responsible companies solving health system problems.
Doctor and Senator Bill Frist is both a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader. Senator Frist 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 United States.
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. Bill 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 Medicare Part D prescription drug legislation and PEPFAR funding to fight HIV/AIDS at home and around the world.
Prior to the Senate, Bill 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 both Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical School, he serves on the board of directors for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Kaiser Family Foundation. Bill earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and a BA from Princeton University.