Bill Frist is a Bipartisan Policy Center senior fellow and co-chair of its Health Project. In addition to being a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, he was Senate majority leader from 2003 to 2007.

Frist represented Tennessee in the Senate for 12 years, where he served on both the Health and Finance Committees and wrote health care legislation. Today, Frist is focused on domestic health reform, the basic science of heart transplantation, global health policy, economic development in low-income countries, health care disparities, medical mission work in Sudan, the health of the mountain gorilla, and HIV/AIDS. In 2010, Frist served on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America, which directly linked better health to education.

Frist was the 2007–08 Frederick H. Schultz Professor of International Economic Policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the 2010 University Distinguished Professor of Business and Medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Frist holds degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. He has performed more than 150 heart and lung transplants, and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed medical articles, more than 400 newspaper articles, and seven books. He is board certified in both general and heart surgery.


Recent Posts by Bill Frist

For Patients With Multiple Chronic Conditions, Improving Care Will Be A Bipartisan Effort

As the CHRONIC Care Act and other health care delivery and payment reforms are considered, policy makers must recognize system shortcomings and consider how to better integrate care and improve health outcomes for our sickest and most vulnerable Americans.

How NashvilleHealth Is Maximizing Community Population Health

I fondly call my hometown, Nashville, the “Silicon Valley of Health Services.” But when you compare us to similar cities, the health of Nashvillians is poor. We can build the best hospitals and I can be the best heart surgeon possible, but behavior and how and where people live, eat, work, and...

December 5, 2016Population Health, Public Health

Telemedicine: A Solution To Address The Problems Of Cost, Access, And Quality

Today’s physicians have a host of new tools to choose from: you can carry an ECG around in your pocket, and scan radiology images on your phone. But the driving principle of care has not changed: the best care is care that patients have access to when and where they need it.

The Case For Global Health Diplomacy

At the end of February, I had the pleasure of speaking about global health diplomacy at the Nursing Leadership in Global Health Symposium at Vanderbilt University. Nurses are one of the specialties that we support in the Frist Global Health Leaders program facilitated by Hope Through Healing...

Technology And The Changing Business Of Health Care

Three years after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare,” scholars and political pundits have paid much attention to the macroeconomic effects of the law. Will Obamacare bend the health care cost curve? What will be its impact on the...

Changing The Way Physicians Are Paid: Report Of The National Commission On Physician Payment Reform

The loud cries warning that rising health care costs are going to destroy the nation’s economy have been shouted so often that the will to move firmly in any one direction has almost halted. We’ve all heard them: health care costs are unsustainable, excessive spending is fueling our nation’s...