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TNC Global Board Member; Partner and Chairman of Cressey and Company
Senator William Frist TNC Global Board Member; Partner and Chairman of Cressey and Company © Courtesy of Senator Frist

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Senator William Frist, M.D.

TNC Global Board Vice Chair and Partner and Chairman, Cressey and Company

Nashville, Tennessee


    Global Health, Domestic Health Reform, Education


    June 2015 – October 2024


Senator William H. Frist, M.D., is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U. S. Senate Majority Leader, and Chairman of the Executive Council of the private equity firm Cressey & Company. Dr. Frist represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years where his focus was health. He was elected Majority Leader of the Senate, having served fewer total years in Congress than any person chosen to lead that body in history. 

Currently, Frist serves as an adjunct professor of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University and clinical professor of Surgery at Meharry Medical College. He is the founder and Chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands (global health), SCORE (statewide collaborative on K12 education reform) and NashvilleHealth (community health). He is also the co-founder of Aspire Health, the nation’s largest provider of non-hospice community-based palliative care. 

His current nonprofit Board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows, and The Nature Conservancy. His public company Board service includes Select Medical, Teladoc, and AECOM.

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