Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D.
Scholar, surgeon, researcher and respected administrator, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick was elected President in July 2014. Previously, he served as Interim President of Howard University, and as Provost and Chief Academic Officer with oversight of Howard's 13 schools and colleges as well as its health sciences enterprise.
Prior to Howard, Dr. Frederick served as the Associate Director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Director of Surgical Oncology and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at University of Connecticut Health Center. Since returning to Howard in 2006, Dr. Frederick has held several leadership positions including Associate Dean in the College of Medicine, Division Chief in the Department of Surgery, Director of the Cancer Center and Deputy Provost for Health Sciences.
Dr. Frederick is a master teacher who has received teaching awards each year since the beginning of his tenure. In addition to his work as an administrator, faculty member and surgeon, Dr. Frederick is a noted researcher who is committed to bridging health disparities, with a particular emphasis on cancer outcomes among African Americans and other underrepresented groups. He has served as the principal investigator for major collaborations with the National Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins University and local and national minority-serving oncology programs. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts and editorials. Dr. Frederick is the immediate past Chair of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association. He has also served as Director of the Drew-Walker Residents Forum of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association and Vice Chairman of the District of Columbia Board of Medicine.
Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Frederick came to Howard University at age 16 with a dream of becoming a physician. His passion to serve and to heal was driven by the personal impact of sickle cell anemia, a hereditary disease Dr. Frederick has lived with since birth. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the College of Arts and Sciences and his medical degree from the College of Medicine at age 22. Dr. Frederick later earned a Master of Business Administration from the School of Business. He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship and a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
He has received numerous awards, including being named a "Super Doctor" by The Washington Post and listed on Ebony magazine's Power 100 in 2010. He was named one of America's Best Physicians by Black Enterprise magazine. In 2000, the government of Trinidad and Tobago recognized him for outstanding achievement in medicine. The Institute of Caribbean Studies honored Dr. Frederick with the prestigious Vanguard Award in 2010; he recently received the NIHERST Award for Excellence in Science and Technology.