WBIR’s HomeGrown: Bill Frist, heart surgeon & former senator

WBIR’s HomeGrown: Bill Frist, heart surgeon & former senator


From the operating room and Capitol Hill to third world countries, Bill Frist has built his life on saving lives and serving others.

“I’ve been blessed in many ways,” he said.

The youngest of five children, the heart and lung transplant surgeon and former Senate majority leader credits his father, a doctor, and his mother, a teacher.

“A family with strong values.”

And, medicine seemed to be the family business.

“My older brother was a doctor and my middle brother was a doctor. I never really thought about doing anything else,” he explained.

Frist remembers being 6 or 7 years old and making house calls with his dad.

“You find somebody who’s sick and the lights are dark in bed and then their face lights up when they see dad. That sort of compassion, intimacy, that sort of personal touch is something that has stuck with me forever.”

Health Insurance Explained by the YouToons


The Kaiser Family Foundation’s YouToons are at it again–this time explaining the types and options of health insurance. Take a look. You might recognize a voice!

The Story of “Touch” the Dog


As all the friends at Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary know, dogs have a unique power to touch lives and promote healing, and Touch has become a model for that.

Touch is a collaboration between Senator Bill Frist, M.D., Mississippi artist Charlie Buckley, and Tracy Roberts, an expert in adolescent education and the power of pet therapy. What started as a blank slate has grown—through the layered imprints of over 200 hands!—into a work of art and a symbol for the power of touch and connection in communication and healing.

As a surgeon, Senator Frist understands the power of touch, both in the operating theater and at the bedside. In her history with therapy dogs, Ms. Roberts has seen animals transform crisis situations and bring peace and comfort in startling ways.

But animals also play powerful roles in private as well. In his creation, Touch toured several schools, making connections with students, hearing their secrets and teaching them about verbal and nonverbal communication.

Online (Touch has a Facebook page! – www.facebook.com/touchthedog), friends from all over the country have shared their personal connections to their animals and told stories of love, support, and friendship that their dogs have offered.

Every hand print—every story—is coming together to make Touch who he’ll be.

Touch’s many colors are a bold reminder of the impact dogs have on our lives. The dogs at Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary might not have quite as much paint, but they, too, have touched many lives.

It’s an honor for Touch to represent their stories as well.

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Too Small to Fail


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Nashville Capital Network: Aspire Health


Nashville Capital Network: Aspire Health from Bill Frist on Vimeo.

Childhood Obesity


Childhood Obesity from Bill Frist on Vimeo.

Morning Meeting


Bill Frist on Morning Meeting w/ Dylan Ratigan from Bill Frist on Vimeo.

Health Care Reform


Frist on Health Care Reform from Bill Frist on Vimeo.

America Morning


American Morning -Health bill- A first step from Bill Frist on Vimeo.

Larry King Live


Larry King Live / Dean, Frist spar over summit from Bill Frist on Vimeo.

The Greatness of America


The Greatness Of America from Bill Frist on Vimeo.