Father: Thomas Frist Sr., physician
Mother: Dorothy (Cate) Frist
Marriages: Tracy (Roberts) Frist (2015-present); Karyn (McLaughlin) Frist (1981-December 2012, divorced)
Children: with Karyn (McLaughlin) Frist: Bryan Edward, 1987; Jonathan McLaughlin, 1985; William Harrison Jr., 1983
Education: Princeton University, A.B. in health policy, 1974; Harvard Medical School, M.D., 1978
Board certified in both general and thoracic surgery.
Has performed more than 200 heart and lung transplant procedures.
Serves as co-chair on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Health Project.
Currently holds the position of adjunct professor of surgery at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine. Frist is also a clinical professor of surgery at Meharry Medical College.
While in the US Senate, chaired the Subcommittee on Public Health and Safety and the Subcommittee on African Affairs. Also served on the Budget; Foreign Relations; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees.
1986-1993 – Staff surgeon at the Nashville Veterans Administration Hospital and assistant professor of surgery at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine.
1986-1993 – Founder and director of the multi-organ transplantation program at Vanderbilt University, the Vanderbilt Transplant Center.
1991-2001 – Charter Trustee of Princeton University.
November 8, 1994 – Elected to first term in the Senate.
1995-2007 – US Senator from Tennessee (R).
1995 – Performs CPR and successfully stabilizes the heart rate of Reverend Graeme Sieber, who had a heart attack in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
1999 – Named Republican deputy whip of the Senate.
November 7, 2000 – Wins reelection with 65% of the vote.
2003-2007 – Serves as Senate majority leader.
March 2003 – Announces he will not run for reelection in 2006.
September 12, 2007 – Nominated by Bush to the board of an international aid program that seeks democracy and openness in underdeveloped countries.
June 16, 2016 – Founds NashvilleHealth, a non-profit community health initiative launched in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.