Bill Frist

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  • U.S. Senate Majority Leader (2003-2007)
  • U.S. Senator from Tennessee (1995-2007)
  • Heart-Lung Transplant Surgeon, Physician & Authority on Healthcare Policy
  • Health care investment firm executive

Uniquely qualified to discuss the challenges and solutions in healthcare policy, Senator Bill Frist is consistently recognized among the most influential leaders in American healthcare. He is a nationally acclaimed heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairman of the Executive Council of the health investment firm Cressey & Company.  He is the co-founder of Aspire Health, the nation’s largest provider of non-hospice, community-based palliative care. 

Senator Frist has also been a leader in education, having founded the State Collaborative on Education Reform (SCORE) in Tennessee, which has become a national model on how to best reform a statewide education system.

Senator Frist has been at the forefront of many debates and government initiatives that have shaped a myriad of policies over the years. He brings an experienced voice to the current issues of health reform, education, government policy, global health issues and volunteerism.

He is actively engaged in the business as well as the medical, humanitarian, and philanthropic communities. 

 
  

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Senator Frist was the 'Wow' factor for our HealthForum event. He spoke so knowledgeably about the current healthcare landscape in the U.S. and was even handed in his critique of the plans being proposed by all presidential candidates. Our clients were amazed at his grasp of the issues and his ability to educate us all to the intricacies involved in improving our healthcare 'sector' and making it a true 'system'. He could not have been a better speaker for our group. Senator Frist was approachable to all, spoke for a solid hour, took questions for a full 30 minutes and then stayed to speak with individuals through dinner. The feedback from our clients, who represent the full political spectrum, was phenomenal.”

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Bill Frist
  • NIC Conference
  • National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC)
  • RegionalCare
  • Healthcare Education Associates
  • CBRE
  • The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
  • Annual Medical-Legal Summit on behalf of Tucker Ellis LLP
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
  • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Foundation
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Shifting Our Healthcare System to Value-Based Care

Why health care spending in the U.S. is twice the average of other industrialized nations — with worse outcomes! Can a shift to value-based care from a traditional fee-for-service model effectively reduce health spending while maintaining quality and patient satisfaction? Can the American health car ...

Why health care spending in the U.S. is twice the average of other industrialized nations — with worse outcomes! Can a shift to value-based care from a traditional fee-for-service model effectively reduce health spending while maintaining quality and patient satisfaction? Can the American health care sector be transformed from one that is “volume-driven” to one that is “value-driven?”

Creating a Culture of Health

Health care is not the driver of health. Our behaviors, shaped by our physical and social environment, are the primary determinants of health and well-being.  Knowing this, can a community create a culture of health that drives better health outcomes without costly interventions? This speech draws f ...

Health care is not the driver of health. Our behaviors, shaped by our physical and social environment, are the primary determinants of health and well-being.  Knowing this, can a community create a culture of health that drives better health outcomes without costly interventions? This speech draws from personal experience establishing the collective-impact organization “NashvilleHealth.”

Education Reform

How can a state or local government successfully transform its education system to best meet the needs of its students?  As founder and chairman of a unique statewide collaborative education model in Tennessee called SCORE, Senator Frist brought bring key players to the table to overhaul and moderni ...

How can a state or local government successfully transform its education system to best meet the needs of its students?  As founder and chairman of a unique statewide collaborative education model in Tennessee called SCORE, Senator Frist brought bring key players to the table to overhaul and modernize Tennessee’s schools, expectations and standards, and achieve the largest gains in K-12 academic achievement over the past 3 years. 

Preventative Health

What can be expected and at how great a cost in an era of limited resources. Is prevention really the answer to our health care woes? How can health be improved outside the doctor’s office through community collaboration and intervention?  ...

What can be expected and at how great a cost in an era of limited resources. Is prevention really the answer to our health care woes? How can health be improved outside the doctor’s office through community collaboration and intervention? 

Personalized Medicine and the Newly-Engaged Patient-Consumer

As we learn even more about human genetics, medicine is entering in a new wave of innovation, based on the identification of new genetic markers that allow doctors to target disease with precision never dreamed of. Care delivery will become tailored to the individual patient instead of the disease. ...

As we learn even more about human genetics, medicine is entering in a new wave of innovation, based on the identification of new genetic markers that allow doctors to target disease with precision never dreamed of. Care delivery will become tailored to the individual patient instead of the disease. This new patient-centered era of care is unfolding as patients are experiencing increased “skin in the game,” leading to a new generation of patient-consumers that expect both transparent cost information and affordable, personalized treatment

Global health and International Relief

Reflections from personal experiences of practicing medicine and delivering care in 7 countries in Africa, as well as personally providing on the ground medical assistance immediately after Katrina, the Indian Ocean Tsunami, and the Haiti earthquake. This is centered on Senator Frist’s own medical v ...

Reflections from personal experiences of practicing medicine and delivering care in 7 countries in Africa, as well as personally providing on the ground medical assistance immediately after Katrina, the Indian Ocean Tsunami, and the Haiti earthquake. This is centered on Senator Frist’s own medical volunteerism and his commitment to using “medicine as a currency for peace.”


 

The Transformative Impact of Disruptive Technology

How the latest biotech and life sciences innovations are changing the face of medicine today. ...

How the latest biotech and life sciences innovations are changing the face of medicine today.

Accelerating Medical Innovation

It takes approximately $2 billion dollars and a decade of research and trials to bring a drug from the development stage to market. How modernizing the FDA can bring cures to the public faster and for less money.  Reflects on recent progress made in Congress on these issues, including the 21st Centu ...

It takes approximately $2 billion dollars and a decade of research and trials to bring a drug from the development stage to market. How modernizing the FDA can bring cures to the public faster and for less money.  Reflects on recent progress made in Congress on these issues, including the 21st Century Cures initiative.  

Building a Successful Health Services Company

Perspective from a Partner and Executive Committee Chairman at the successful private equity firm Cressey and Company — which has invested and managed over $1 billion of healthcare investments — and co-founder of Aspire Health. How private equity contributes to building companies that offer solution ...

Perspective from a Partner and Executive Committee Chairman at the successful private equity firm Cressey and Company  which has invested and managed over $1 billion of healthcare investments  and co-founder of Aspire Health. How private equity contributes to building companies that offer solutions to problems that government can’t address, and can be profitable while pursuing a social mission. 

The Skyrocketing Costs of Healthcare

If skyrocketing costs of health care are really the fundamental culprit, how do we control the costs? Can competition and free markets really control health care costs: where competition has worked and where it has failed, and what we can do to make markets work. ...

If skyrocketing costs of health care are really the fundamental culprit, how do we control the costs? Can competition and free markets really control health care costs: where competition has worked and where it has failed, and what we can do to make markets work.

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<p><span>Doctor and Senator Bill Frist is a Bipartisan Policy Center senior fellow and he co-chairs its Health Project.</span></p>

Doctor and Senator Bill Frist is a Bipartisan Policy Center senior fellow and he co-chairs its Health Project.

He focuses his work on healthcare policy and reform, innovation and research funding, developing healthy institutions and guidelines.   

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Biography

Senator William Frist, M.D. is a nationally-acclaimed heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairman of the Executive Board of the health service private equity firm Cressey & Company. He is actively engaged in the business as well as the medical, humanitarian, and philanthropic communities.

As the founder and director 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. 

As a U.S. Senator representing Tennessee from 1994 -2006 (the first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928), Dr. Frist served on both the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) and the Finance Committees responsible for writing all health legislation. He 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 and the historic PEPFAR legislation that provided life-saving treatment globally to over 12 million people and reversed the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide. He also held seats on the Foreign Relations Committee where he chaired the Subcommittee on Africa, the Commerce Committee, and the Banking Committee. He served six years with President Clinton and six years with President Bush. Honoring his pledge to serve just two terms, he left the Senate and his position as Majority Leader in 2006.

Dr. Frist annually has led medical mission trips to Africa and Haiti, and emergency response teams to disasters around the globe, including to Sri Lanka after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Bangladesh, Sudan, New Orleans after Katrina, Haiti after the earthquake, and the horn of Africa. He is chairman of both Hope Through Healing Hands, which focuses on maternal and child health and global poverty, and SCORE, a statewide collaborative education reform organization that has helped propel Tennessee to prominence as a K12 education reform state.

His current board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Kaiser Family Foundation, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Bipartisan Policy Center, and Nashville Health Care Council. He is a member of the advisory committees for global health at Duke, Harvard, and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

In the private sector, he serves on three public (NYSE) company boards, Select Medical, Teladoc and AECOM (the largest engineering/architectural company in the world).  In addition he is a board member of Unitek (nursing and information technology), Aegis (lab), Aspire (palliative care), MDSave (health consumerism), Cognosante (health information technology) and Accolade (patient navigation).

Currently Dr. Frist serves as an adjunct professor of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University and clinical professor of Surgery at Meharry Medical College.

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