Senator Bill Frist, MD

August 13, 2021 / Share:

Senator William Frist, MD, is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and founding partner of Frist Cressey Ventures (FCV).

Dr. Frist has for decades been a telemedicine and virtual health advocate, using it extensively in his transplant medical practice, legislating in the Senate for Native Americans on reservations, and building virtual health care companies at FCV (for addiction, psychiatry, specialty health, primary care).  He has served on public company boards of virtual health companies Teladoc Health and Accolade.

As a U.S. Senator representing Tennessee from 1994 -2006, Dr. Frist was elected Majority Leader, 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 for HIV globally to over 20 million people. Senator Frist graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, and completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford.  

He is Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Health Project, and serves on the boards of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and publicly-traded companies Select Medical, Teladoc Health, Smile Direct Club, and GS Acquisitions Holdings Corp II.

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