Frist, William H. 1952-(Bill Frist)

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FRIST, William H. 1952-(Bill Frist)

PERSONAL: Born February 22, 1952, in Nashville, TN; son of Thomas F., Sr. (a physician) and Dorothy Harrison (a homemaker; maiden name, Cate) Frist; married March 14, 1981; wife's name Karyn (a homemaker); children: Harrison, Jonathan, Bryan. Education: Princeton University, A.B., 1974; Harvard University, M.D. (with honors), 1978. Politics: Republican. Religion: Presbyterian. Hobbies and other interests: Flying (commercial, instrument, and multi-engine ratings).

ADDRESSES: Home—Nashville, TN. Office—United States Senate, 416 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC, 20510-4205; fax: 202-228-1264. Agent—Richard S. Pine, Arthur Pine Associates, Inc., 1780 Broadway, New York, NY 10019. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts, California, Tennessee, and Washington, DC; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, resident in surgery, 1978-83, research fellow in surgery, 1983, chief resident and fellow in cardiothoracic surgery, 1984-85; Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, England, senior registrar in cardiothoracic surgery, 1983; Stanford University, Stanford, CA, senior fellow and chief resident in cardiovascular surgery at Cardiac Transplant Service, 1985-86; Nashville Veterans Administration Hospital, Nashville, TN, staff surgeon, 1986-93; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, assistant professor of cardiac and thoracic surgery, 1986-93, director of heart and heart-lung transplantation and surgical director of Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center and chair of the center's executive committee, 1989-93; United States Senate, senator from Tennessee, 1995—. Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1979, American Board of Surgery, 1990, American Board of Thoracic Surgery. National Academy of Sciences, member of Advisory Committee on Strategies for Prevention of Disease and Promotion of Health, Institute of Medicine, 1977; Tennessee Donor Services, member of board of advisers, 1986-94; United Network for Organ Sharing, chair of Communications Committee, 1989-91; Battelle Research Center, member of advisory committee, 1989-90; National Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee, member of board of directors, 1990-93, vice-president, 1991-92; Alliance for Health Reform, vice chair, 1995; National Heart Assist Transplant Fund, member of advisory board; National Heart Transplantation Network, member of clinical advisory panel. Princeton University, member of board of trustees, 1974-78, 1991-2001; Cumberland Science Museum, member of board of directors, 1989-92; American Lung Association of Tennessee, member of board of directors, 1989-91; Leadership Nashville, member, 1990-91; Third National Bank, member of board of directors, 1990-94; American Heart Association, member of board of directors, 1990-94; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, member of board of directors, 2001—; Center for Excellence in Education, honorary board of trustees, 2001—; Center for Strategic and International Studies, member of advisory board, 2001—; Library of Congress Center for Russian Leadership Development, member of board of trustees, 2001—; National Endowment for Democracy, member of board of directors, 2001—; member of Council on Foreign Relations.

MEMBER: International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Society of Transplant Physicians, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Association for Academic Surgery, Smithsonian Institution (chairman of Board of Regents, 2001—), Transplantation Society, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Cum Laude Society, Flying Physicians' Association, American Running Association (honorary board of directors, 2001—), Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Southeastern Surgical Congress, Tennessee Medical Association, Tennessee Transplant Society, Massachusetts Medical Society, Nashville Academy of Medicine, Nashville Cardiovascular Society, Nashville Surgical Society, Rotary Club of Nashville, Alpha Omega Alpha.

AWARDS, HONORS: Woodrow Wilson scholar, 1974; first place award, Texas affiliate awards competition, American Heart Association, 1978; Mead Johnson Excellence in Research Award, National Student Research Forum, 1978; President's Award for best scientific paper, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, 1986, 1992; Distinguished Service award, Tennessee Medical Association, 1992; President's Award for Volunteer Service, 1992; Distinguished Alumnus Award, Montgomery Bell Academy, 1993; Leadership Award, Nashville Academy of Medicine and Davidson County Medical Society, 1995; Nashville Hero Award, 1996; National Public Service award, American Heart Association, 1997; Joseph F. Boyle, M.D. award for distinguished public service, American Society of Internal Medicine, 1997; Congressional Initiatives Award, American Horticultural Industry Council of the American Horticultural Therapy Association, 1997; American Chemical Society Public Service Award, 1998; National Association of Geriatric Education Centers Award, 1998; honorary doctorate of medicine, Meharry Medical College, 1999; honorary doctorate of civil laws, Rhodes College, 1999; Good Guys Award, Nashville Women's Political Caucus, 1999; Science Coalition Champion of Science Award, 1999; Hero of the Taxpayer Award, Americans for Tax Reform, 1999, 2000, 2001; First Annual Public Policy Leadership award, American Society of Transplantation, 2000; Outstanding Commitment to Local Governance of Education, special recognition award, National School Board Association, 2000; Congressional Champion award, Rotary International, 2000; Jefferson Award, American Institute for Public Service, 2000; Commitment to Parks and Recreation on a National Level Award, Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association, 2000; Award for Support of Science, Council of Scientific Society Presidents, 2000; Certificate of Merit, Tennessee Historical Commission, 2000; Legislative Recognition Award, American Ambulance Association, 2000; George E. Brown, Jr. Science-Engineering-Technology Leadership Award, Science-Engineering-Technology Work Group and the Coalition for Technology Partnerships, 2000; Spirit of Enterprise Award, 2000, 2001; Year of the Senior Award, 60-Plus Association, 2000; Champion of the Small Business Community, Small Business Survival Committee, 2000; Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business, 2000; Legislator of the Year, Biotechnology Industry Association, 2000; Jefferson Award, Citizens for a Sound Economy, 2000; William V. Corr Award, Tennessee Primary Care Association, 2000; Senior Legislative Achievement Award, Seniors Coalition, 2000; SEDC Legislative Honor Roll Award, Southern Economic Development Council, 2000; Service Award for Defending America's Flag, Citizens Flag Alliance, 2000; Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business, 2001; honorary doctorate of laws, Maryville College, 2001; Public Service Award, National Association of County and City Health Officials, 2001; Public Service Award, Association of Air Medical Services, 2001; Silvio Conte Award for Public Awareness and Education, Brain Injury Association, 2001; Distinguished Community Health Champion Award, National Association of Community Health Centers, 2001; Golden Plate Award, American Academy of Achievement, 2001; Congressional Service Award, InterAction American Council for Voluntary International Action, 2001; Eagle Award, Tennessee Associated Builders and Contractors, 2001; Honor Roll of Legislative Achievement in Economic Development Award, Southern Economic Development Council, 2001; Special Recognition for Service of Veterans and Veterans Programs, Disabled American Veterans, 2001; Pioneer Award for E-Mail Constituent Care, EchoMail, 2002; Publius Award for Distinguished Leadership, Center for the Study of the Presidency, 2002; Honor Award, Oncology Nursing Society, 2002; TechNet Founders Circle Award, 2002.


Transplant: A Heart Surgeon's Account of the Life-and-Death Dramas of New Medicine, Atlantic Monthly Press (New York, NY), 1989.

(Editor, with J. Harold Helderman) Grand Rounds in Transplantation, Chapman & Hall (New York, NY), 1995.

(With J. Lee Annis, Jr.) Tennessee Senators, 1911-2001: Portraits of Leadership in a Century of Change, Madison Books (Lanham, MD), 1999.

(As Bill Frist) When Every Moment Counts: What You Need to Know about Bioterrorism from the Senate's Only Doctor, Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham, MD), 2002.

Work represented in anthologies, including New Frontiers of U.S. Health Policy, Rutgers University Press, 1986; Organ Transplantation and Replacement, edited by G. J. Cerilli, Lippincott, 1987; The Impact of Cardiac Surgery on the Quality of Life: Neurological and Psychological Aspects, edited by A. Wilnee and G. Rodewald, Plenum, 1991; and Heart and Lung Transplantation, edited by N. Shumway and S. Shumway, 1992; Postoperative Critical Care Procedures of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Little, Brown, 1992; Cardiac Anesthesia for Infants and Children, Mosby-Year Book, 1994; Grand Rounds in Transportation, Chapman & Hall, 1995; Thoracic Transplantation, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1995; Disease Management: A Systems Approach to Improving Patient Outcomes, American Hospital Publishing, 1997; and Nashville Medicine: A History, Association Publishing, 1999. Transplant Science, editorial board, 1991—. Contributor of articles to medical journals, including American Journal of Physiology, American Journal ofSurgery, Cardiac Surgeon, Journal of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery, Annual of Thoracic Surgery, Transplantation, and Surgical Forum.

SIDELIGHTS: After the threat of bioterrorism escalated because of the attacks on September 11, 2001, William H. Frist, a practicing physician and U.S. Senator, answered questions relating to bioterrorism in When Every Moment Counts: What You Need to Know about Bioterrorism from the Senate's Only Doctor. The book contains "levelheaded replies" and "quality information" according to Anne C. Tomlin, a reviewer for Library Journal. As a doctor and policy maker, Frist told Chicago Tribune writer Peter Gorner that "bioterrorism . . . meshes into public policy and health care." As the only guide to deal with bioterrorism, When Every Moment Counts includes answers and guidance for laypeople while interjecting candid information about the status of America's health care system by the Senate's only doctor. A reviewer for Publishers Weekly called the book a "reassuring, thorough resource."



Chicago Tribune, April 29, 2002, Peter Gorner, "Tennessee Senator Bill Frist: Practicing Medicine in Congress," p. K0171.

Library Journal, May 1, 2002, Anne C. Tomlin, review of When Every Moment Counts: What You Need to Know about Bioterrorism from the Senate's Only Doctor, p. 126.

Publishers Weekly, March 25, 2002, review of When Every Moment Counts, p. 58.


Bill Frist, M.D., (June 4, 2003).*