A Second Opinion
Senator Bill Frist is no stranger to American health and healthcare. He is an accomplished heart and lung transplant surgeon, as well as a two-term United States Senator representing Tennessee. Now he is using his influence to connect with leaders and innovators to bring awareness and understanding to more than just healthcare, but health in general. Listen, and hear Dr. Frist’s second opinion.
Our goal with the podcast is to improve health and healthcare, in communities all across America, and to do it by sharing innovative, trusted health information.
Our mission is to substantially improve health and healthcare in communities across America through education and engagement at the nexus of policy, medicine, and innovation.
With ‘A Second Opinion,’ we hope to create the most consistent, reliable, and trusted podcast for healthcare business and policy innovation possible. We have the broader goal of sharing valuable health insights from experts around the world, that will measurably move the needle to improve both health and healthcare across America
“A Second Opinion” podcast uniquely delivers what no other current health podcast can. It addresses challenging healthcare issues of today from three distinct vantage points: policy, medicine, and innovation. I can speak to clinicians as a physician, policymakers as a former Senator, and executives and investors as a business founder, investor and board member.
The goal is to have A Second Opinion be seen as the go to place for learning how to improve health and health care. Together we will have conversations with the health thought leaders, the entrepreneurs, the clinicians, the policy makers, the business leaders, and the consumers— to better understand how we all can improve health and well-being — of ourselves as individuals, of our families — and of our communities. We achieve this through education and engagement at the nexus of policy, medicine, and innovation
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About Bill Frist
Senator William Frist, M.D. is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairs the Distinguished Executives Council of the health service investment firm Cressey & Company. He is actively engaged in the business as well as the medical, humanitarian, and philanthropic communities.
The Honorable William H. Frist, M.D.
Senator William Frist, MD, is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, founding partner of Frist Cressey Ventures and chairman of the Executives Council of the health services investment firm Cressey & Company. He is actively engaged in the business as well as the medical, humanitarian, and philanthropic communities.
As a U.S. Senator representing Tennessee from 1994 -2006 (the first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928), Dr. Frist served on both the Health (HELP) and the Finance Committees responsible for writing all health legislation. 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. His leadership was instrumental in the passage of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act that established the Medicare prescription drug benefit, and the historic PEPFAR legislation that provided life-saving treatment globally to 20 million people and reversed the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide.
Senator Frist graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Frist completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford. As the founder and director of the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center, he performed over 150 heart and lung transplants, authored over 100 peer-reviewed medical articles, and published seven books on topics such as bioterrorism, transplantation, and leadership. He is board certified in both general and heart surgery.
Dr. Frist annually has led medical mission trips to Africa and Haiti, and emergency response teams to disasters around the globe, including to Sri Lanka after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Bangladesh, Sudan, New Orleans after Katrina, Haiti after the earthquake, and the horn of Africa. He is founder and chairman Hope Through Healing Hands, a humanitarian organization devoted to improving global health; NashvilleHealth, a community collaborative focused on improving the health of Nashvillians; and Tennessee’s State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), a statewide collaborative education reform organization that has helped propel Tennessee to prominence as a K12 education reform state.
As a leading authority on healthcare, Senator Frist speaks nationally on health reform, government policy, global health, education reform, and volunteerism. He is the Co-Chair of the Health Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and co-founder of Aspire Health, the nation’s largest non-hospice community-based palliative care company. His board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and three publicly-traded companies: AECOM, Select Medical, and Teladoc Health. Senator Frist is one of only two individuals to rank in the top ten of each of the five inaugural Modern Healthcare Magazine annual surveys of the most influential people in healthcare in the United States.
Dr. Frist is married and has three sons and lives on a farm in Franklin, Tennessee.