Main caricature of Senator William Frist, M.D., who is speaking at HLTH and is Partner and Chairman at Cressey & Co.’s Distinguished Executives Council Overlay caricature of Senator William Frist, M.D., who is speaking at HLTH and is Partner and Chairman at Cressey & Co.’s Distinguished Executives Council

Senator William Frist, M.D.

Partner and Chairman

Cressey & Co.’s Distinguished Executives Council


Senator Bill Frist is both a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader. He is a Partner and Chairman of Cressey & Co.’s Distinguished Executives Council, and is responsible for acquisitions, divestitures and oversight of portfolio companies.

In addition to his work at Cressey, he serves on the boards of publicly-traded companies AECOM (the largest engineering company in the world), Select Medical Corporation, and Teladoc, as well as on the boards of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Kaiser Family Foundation, and others. He co-founded Aspire Health, the largest non-hospice, community-based palliative care organization in the country, which seeks to revolutionize advanced illness care in America. He is also a partner in Frist Cressey Ventures, which accelerates the growth of high potential healthcare enterprises through value-added partnerships.

Senator Frist graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. He completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford, and went on to found and direct the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center.

Senator Frist represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years. He was elected Majority Leader of the Senate in 2003, 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 and the historic PEPFAR HIV/AIDS legislation.

He founded Hope Through Healing Hands, a nonprofit on global health; NashvilleHealth, a community collaborative dedicated to improving the health of Nashvillians; and Tennessee’s State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE).