About President Frederick
Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA
As the 17th President of Howard University, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick is dedicated to continuing the University’s legacy as a world-class academic and research institution.
Dr. Frederick’s leadership is underscored by a renewed commitment to academic excellence and access to an affordable education. An example of this commitment is the Office for Undergraduate Studies, created to ensure that students have a successful academic experience consisting of curricular and co-curricular activities. He also introduced the Graduation & Retention Access for Continued Excellence (GRACE) grant program, which provides need-based funding designed to reduce financial barriers and increase on-time graduation.
As a triple alumnus, Dr. Frederick’s dedication to Howard University spans more than two decades, beginning with his enrollment as a 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 fueled by his personal experience with sickle cell anemia, a hereditary disease he has lived with since birth.
Dr. Frederick earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Medicine in a combined six-year program and completed his surgical residency training at Howard University Hospital. After fulfilling his post-doctoral research and surgical oncology fellowships at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Frederick began his academic career at the University of Connecticut. He served on the faculty of the Department of Surgery, as well as the Associate Program Director of the Surgery Residency and Associate Director of the Cancer Center.
Since returning to Howard University in 2006, Dr. Frederick has served as Division Chief in the Department of Surgery, Director of the Cancer Center, Associate Dean in the College of Medicine, Deputy Provost for Health Sciences, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, and Interim President. He also earned a Master of Business Administration.
Dr. Frederick is a master teacher and 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 grants and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts and editorials. Dr. Frederick is a past chair of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association. He has also served as Vice Chair of the District of Columbia Board of Medicine and as an Associate Examiner of the American Board of Surgery.
He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society and serves on the Ethics Committee of the American College of Surgeons. He has received numerous awards, including being named a "Super Doctor" by The Washington Post, one of Ebony magazine's Power 100 in 2010 and Diverse Magazine's Standout Scholar in 2011. He was named one of America’s Best Physicians by Black Enterprise magazine. He was also the recipient of the Minority Business Leader Award 2015 by the Washington Business Journal.
Dr. Frederick’s groundbreaking scholarly examination of the unconscious bias in academic medicine has been presented to scores of national and international audiences. His research findings recommend changes to pedagogy, curriculum reform, and inter-professional instruction. Through his experience as a scholar and an administrator, Dr. Frederick continues to support innovative solutions to further the mission of Howard University and support the success of its students and faculty.
Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick is a true son of Howard University—a proud and loyal exemplar of the University’s motto, Veritas et Utilitas (truth and service).