BIOGRAPHY OF DR. WAYNE A. I. FREDERICK, M.D., MBA, F.A.C.S. PRESIDENT HOWARD UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON, D.C.
As the 17th President of Howard University, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick is dedicated to extending the legacy of Howard University as a world-renowned academic and research institution. Dr. Frederick has a deeply personal relationship with Howard University and represents the mosaic of the 80,000 + living alumni who are connected to the University as well as the students, staff and faculty members who are invested in Howard University’s success.
The focus of Dr. Frederick’s administrative priorities, along with his team, align with the initial charter of Howard University: to provide educational opportunities to students who otherwise would not have access to education. Dr. Frederick’s goal is to enhance the Howard University legacy, ensure that the University maximizes its impact and that its students receive a well-rounded educational experience.
Dr. Frederick’s devotedness to Howard University as a triple alumnus spans more than two decades, beginning with his enrollment as an advantageous 16-year-old student. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, he was admitted to Howard University with the 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 that he has lived with since birth. While at Howard, he earned the Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees at the age of twenty-two and completed his surgical residency training at Howard University Hospital. Since his return to Howard University in 2006, Dr. Frederick has served as Deputy Director of the Howard University Cancer Center, Division Chief for General Surgery in the Department of Surgery, Interim Director of the Howard University Cancer Center, Associate Dean for Clinical Strategy and Operations for Howard University College of Medicine, Tenured Professor of Surgery Howard University College of Medicine, Deputy Provost for Health Sciences, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Interim President and Director of the Howard University Cancer Center. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Howard.
A distinguished researcher and surgeon, Dr. Frederick is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts and editorials. He has also received various awards honoring his outstanding scholarship and service. In June 2014, the United States Congress recognized him for his contributions toward addressing health disparities among African Americans and other historically underrepresented groups. In October 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company. In November 2015, Prime Minister Rowley appointed Dr. Frederick to the Health Review Committee for Trinidad and Tobago. In April 2016, Dr. Frederick became an official member of the American Surgical Association, ASA is recognized as the nation's oldest and most prestigious surgical organization. Finally, The Board of Advisors provides advice to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Education on methods, programs and strategies to strengthen HBCUs.
Not only has Dr. Frederick conducted groundbreaking research on the topic of unconscious bias in academic medicine but has also presented his research findings to scores of national and international audiences, including recommended changes to pedagogy, curriculum reform and inter-professional instruction. Through his experience as a scholar and an administrator, Dr. Frederick continues to develop innovative solutions to focus on the institutional priorities of his beloved alma mater and support the success of its students.
Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick is a true son of Howard University—a proud and loyal exemplar of Howard University’s motto, Veritas et Utilitas: Truth and Service.