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Thomas Frist Jr. – Biography, Age, Wife, Medical Education, Career & Net Worth

Thomas Frist Jr. (born August 12, 1938) is a board-certified American internist and businessman in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the richest man in Tennessee.

Frist is the co-founder of the Hospital Corporation of America Healthcare.

Thomas Frist

Thomas Frist Jr. Facts

  • Full Name: Thomas Fearn Frist Jr.
  • Age: 84 years old
  • Date of Birth: August 12, 1938
  • Place of Birth: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Occupation: Internist
  • Nationality: American
  • Wife: Patricia C. Frist (died 2021)

Thomas Frist Jr. Medical School & Residency

  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine – Medical School

Thomas Frist Jr. Career

Thomas Frist Jr. co-founded Hospital Corporation of America together with his father, Thomas F. Frist Sr., and Jack C. Massey, in 1968.

He assumed the role of HCA president in 1977 and that of chairman, president, and CEO in 1987. (CEO). After Columbia’s merger in 1994, he became chairman, and after HealthTrust Inc.’s merger in April 1995, he became vice chairman. After Rick Scott (later Florida Governor) resigned in 1997, he took over as chairman and CEO.

His tenure as CEO and chairman lasted until January 2001 and January 2002, respectively. Using $21 billion in private equity capital from Bain Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, and Merrill Lynch, he successfully took HCA private in 2006. HCA was valued at $33 billion after the transaction was completed.

He has the world records for the most leveraged buyout and the largest initial public offering conducted by private equity. He left the board in 2009, and his son, Billy Frist, is now a member. The position of Chairman was previously held by Frist, but Jack Bovender has since taken it.

As a member of IBM’s Board of Directors, he worked there from 1984 to 1995. From 1999 to 2000, he presided over the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. As such, he is involved with the Business Council.

He and Charles A. Elcan established the China Healthcare Corporation in 2008. They have some financial ties to the Chinese city of Cixi. He heads up both Okeechobee Hospital and Galen of Florida, Inc. in the latter role.

Certifications & Licensure

  • TN State Medical License – Active through 2022

Specialty Expertise

Thomas Frist Jr. has the following 7 areas of expertise

  • Vaccination
  • Weight Loss
  • Heartburn
  • Check-up
  • Physical
  • Weight Loss (non-surgical)
  • Immunization

Location & Contact Information

Thomas F Frist Jr Md
2501 Park Plz Bldg 1
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 344-2670

Dr. Thomas Fearn Frist
3100 WEST END AVE STE 1060

Expert Publications

Data provided by the National Library of Medicine

  • A cottage industry no more.
  • Marketing to physicians.
  • A man with a vision.
  • What do CEOs expect from boards? A view from the investor-owned hospital world.
  • Stigma and societal response to leprosy: experience of the last half century.
  • The future of internal medicine.
  • Medical treatment of hypertension.
  • Experience with pheochromocytoma in 21 patients: use of dichloroisoproterenol hydrochloride for cardiac arrhythmia.
  • The syndrome of the herniated thoracic disk.
    Aneurysm of the left ventricle secondary to myocardial infection; report of a case in a 35 year old man.
  • Errors commonly encountered in cardiac diagnosis in military personnel.
  • A developing country, leprosy control, and the severely disabled.
  • Employer acceptance of the Hansen’s disease patient and other handicapped persons.
    Hospital physician dynamics.

Thomas Frist Jr. Net Worth

Thomas Frist Jr. is the richest man in Tennessee. He has an estimated net worth of $20 billion.


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