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Heart and lung transplant surgeon Bill Frist became the U.S. Senate Majority Leader and led passage of the Bush Administration's landmark HIV/AIDS global assistance bill. Today he continues to advocate for global health as a critical part of United States diplomacy.
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Former Senator William Frist is a nationally acclaimed heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairman of the Distinguished Executives Council of the healthcare firm Cressey & Company. Actively engaged in the medical and humanitarian communities, Bill was instrumental in the passage of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act and of the historic PEPFAR legislation that provided life-saving treatment to over 13 million people and reversed the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide. As the founder and director of the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center, Dr. Frist has performed over 150 heart and lung transplants, authored over 100 medical articles, and published seven books on topics such as bioterrorism, transplantation, and leadership. He is founder and chairman of global health organization Hope Through Healing Hands, and currently serves as an adjunct professor of cardiac surgery at Vanderbilt University.

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