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Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick

Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick was the 17th president of Howard University is currently the President Emeritus of Howard University and the distinguished Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine. He is also a practicing cancer surgeon at Howard University Hospital, where he continues to see patients and perform surgeries. 

He is a true son of Howard, having earned three degrees from the University – a bachelor’s degree in 1990, an M.D. in 1994 and an MBA in 2011.

As president of Howard, Dr. Frederick has worked to strengthen internal operations in order to enhance the student experience and position the university to more effectively serve the community. He has overseen a period of immense growth and transformation at Howard, including record-breaking enrollment numbers and philanthropic donations. 

Dr. Frederick is an expert on health care disparities and devotes his time to speaking about and advocating for social justice, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion.

Dr. Frederick also serves on the boards of numerous institutions and organizations, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Humana. Dr. Frederick is also a member of surgical and medical associations, including the American Surgical Association, the American Cancer Society and the American College of Surgeons. 

He will retire as president on June 30, 2023, when he will become active on the Save the Children Board and participate as a  member of the Program Quality Committee.


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