Physicians and long-standing champions of healthcare reform, Howard Dean and Bill Frist engage in a lively debate on the necessity and challenges of our Nation's healthcare reform.
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Dean’s groundbreaking campaign for the U.S. Presidency and subsequent four years as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee provided him with both an insider's view and a reformer's commitment to the economy, foreign trade policy and international relations. His 12 years as Governor of Vermont and his Chairmanship of the National Governor's Association have given him a vast knowledge of domestic issues.
His skillful stewardship of the party as Democratic National Committee chair began in 2005 and continued through the inauguration of President Barack Obama. As Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Governor Dean made the Democratic Party competitive in every race, in every district, in every state and territory, while integrating national and state party operations and standing up for Democrats' core values.
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.
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.
An Evening with Bill Frist and Howard Dean
Howard Dean’s groundbreaking campaign for the U.S. Presidency and subsequent four years as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee have provided him with both an insider's view and a reformer's commitment to the economy, foreign trade policy and international relations. His 12 years as Governor of Vermont and his Chairmanship of the National Governor's Association have given him vast knowledge of domestic issues. His skillful stewardship of the party as Democratic National Committee chair began in 2005 and continued through the inauguration of President Barack Obama. As Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Governor Dean made the Democratic Party competitive in every race, in every district, in every state and territory, while integrating national and state party operations and standing up for Democrats' core values.
Dean currently serves as a Senior Strategic Advisor and Independent Consultant for the Government Affairs practice at Dentons where he focuses on healthcare and energy issues. He is a frequent contributor to MSNBC.
Dean also serves on the Board of the National Democratic Institute, a democracy building organization chaired by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. He has extensive experience in Southeastern Europe including in Ukraine, Moldova, and the Balkans. He has also has an extensive knowledge of Iraqi and Iranian affairs, and has spent time in China and Myanmar as a result of his NDI activities. He has been active in anti human trafficking efforts in Asia and in the United States. He lectures frequently in Europe, and is currently teaching a course on the Politics of American Foreign Policy at the Jackson Institute at Yale.
Drawing on his extensive experience in politics and healthcare, Governor Dean delivers a sharp, in-season speech to help groups and businesses plan for the future. His presentation brings the current debates into focus and offers a closer look at the impact the economy, budget deficit, healthcare, and the future of Social Security and Medicare are having on the country, and what to expect from the next four years.
Governor Dean gained national prominence as a U.S. presidential candidate in 2004, and he served as the Governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003. During that time, he created a record that promoted equality and opportunity for his constituency employing a philosophy of fiscal responsibility advocating low taxes, reduced government spending and minimal government debt. His successes prompted Governing magazine to proclaim him "Public Official of the Year" in 2002. His leadership roles also include turns as chairman of the National Governors' Association, the Democratic Governors' Association, and the New England Governors' Conference
He led the Democratic Party to success as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009. He is credited with pioneering an energetic 50-state strategy and the development of 21st century campaign tools that helped Democrats make historic gains in the 2006 and 2008 elections.
After achieving national prominence in his bid for the Democratic nomination for president, Governor Dean founded Democracy for America to build on the groundswell of support and the wave of new energy sweeping the Party, and continues to serve as a consultant to the organization. Since 2004, Democracy for America has been working with the grassroots to elect fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates to all levels of government - local, state, and federal - all over the country.
Bill Frist has excelled, rising to the very top in not one career as many do, but in three entirely separate and independent careers.
In medicine, as a heart and lung surgeon, he performed the first lung transplant and the first pediatric heart transplant in Tennessee, and the first successful combined heart-lung transplant in the South.
In politics, as a United States Senator, he ascended to become the highest elected position in that body, the Majority Leader, having served fewer total years in Congress than anyone elected to that position in history.
In business, as an entrepreneur and investor, he cofounded and grew Aspire Health over a five year period to become the largest community-based palliative healthcare company in America.
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 the first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928, Senator Frist represented Tennessee from 1994 until 2006, serving on both the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) and the Finance Committees responsible for writing all health legislation. As Majority Leader, his leadership was instrumental in passage of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act and the historic PEPFAR legislation that has 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 Hope Through Healing Hands, which focuses on global health and global poverty; SCORE, a statewide collaborative education reform organization that has helped propel Tennessee to prominence as a K12 education reform state; and NashvilleHealth, which works to improve the health and well-being of Nashvillians by targeting tobacco use, heart health, and reducing infant mortality.
His current board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Kaiser Family Foundation and the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. Senator Frist serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Additionally, he is a member of the advisory committee for global health at Harvard Medical School.
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 Sciences Corporation (laboratory), Aspire Health, MDSave (health consumerism), Cognosante (health information technology), Devoted Health (health plans), MyNexus (home health) and Accolade (patient navigation).
Currently, Dr. Frist serves as an adjunct professor of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University and is a partner of both investment firms Cressey & Company and Frist Cressey Ventures. He is actively engaged in medical, humanitarian, and philanthropic communities.
He has three sons and lives on a farm with his wife Tracy in Franklin, Tennessee.