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
  • Host, A Second Opinion podcast

Uniquely qualified to discuss the challenges and solutions in health policy, Senator (and Dr.) 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. Senator Frist is also the co-founder of Aspire Health, the nation’s largest provider of non-hospice, community-based palliative care in the country, and host of healthcare podcast A Second Opinion, Rethinking American Health. 

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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Rave Reviews About Bill Frist
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
  • UBS AG
  • NIC Conference
  • TEDMed
  • Livingston Economic Club
  • 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
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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?”

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

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.”

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. 

Intersection of Nature and Health

Empirical evidence increasingly demonstrates that spending time outdoors in nature has proven health benefits, including reducing hypertension, respiratory tract and cardiovascular illnesses; benefitting mental health; and reducing anxiety and mental fatigue.  Drawing from my experience in medical p ...

Empirical evidence increasingly demonstrates that spending time outdoors in nature has proven health benefits, including reducing hypertension, respiratory tract and cardiovascular illnesses; benefitting mental health; and reducing anxiety and mental fatigue.  Drawing from my experience in medical practice, in operating working farms, and serving on the board of a major global conservation organization, I link the importance of preserving our planet and building green cities to improving future health outcomes. 

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? 

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. 

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.  

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>Bill Frist's A Second Opinion aims to improve healthcare in the U.S.</p>

Bill Frist's A Second Opinion aims to improve healthcare in the U.S.

BILL FRIST's A Second Opinion is a podcast with a mission; it aims to substantially improve health and healthcare in communities across America through education and engagement at the nexus of policy, medicine and innovation. Set to become the go-to place for experts to improve our health system, in the podcast Frist addresses today's challenging healthcare issues from three distinct vantage points-- policy, medicine, and innovation-- speaking to clinicians as a physician, policymakers as a former Senator, and executives and investors as a business founder, investor and board member. Frist's keynotes showcase the same compelling combination of varied experience and perspective, weaving insights on technology, leadership, policy, innovation and medicine into the crucial conversation surrounding healthcare. Frist's substantive and candid style makes him a smash hit at every engagement. Rave reviews include: "Senator Frist was the 'Wow' factor for our event. He spoke so knowledgeably about the current healthcare landscape in the U.S.... Our clients were amazed at his grasp of the issues and his ability to educate us all... He could not have been a better speaker... The feedback from our clients, who represent the full political spectrum, was phenomenal” (Marsh); "The event was fantastic and Senator Frist was a HUGE hit! He is so personable and allowed attendees to ask him questions after the luncheon and chat with him."(NIC Conference); "Senator Frist was absolutely fantastic and his feedback scores were 5/5 from all of the surveys submitted—perfect score!" (Livingston Economic Club)

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Biography

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 chairman of the Executives Council of the health service investment firm Cressey & Company.  

Dr. Frist is host of the popular podcast “A Second Opinion, Rethinking American Health”, which focuses on the intersection of health, policy and innovation.  He is actively engaged in the business as well as the medical, humanitarian, and philanthropic communities.

As a U.S. Senator representing Tennessee from 1994 -2006 (the first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928), 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.  He is board certified in both general and heart surgery.

As a leading authority on healthcare, Senator Frist speaks nationally on health reform, government policy, global health, and education reform. He is Co-Chair of the Health Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center and co-founder of Aspire Health, the nation’s largest non-hospice community-based palliative care company. His board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and four publicly-traded companies: AECOM, Select Medical, Teladoc Health, and Smile Direct Club.

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