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Meet Wayne A.I. Frederick, Trinidadian-American Scholar And Surgeon



Wayne Alix Ian Frederick, a surgical oncologist and university president, was born on June 17, 1971, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to Alix Frederick from Point Fortin, Trinidad, and Frances Tyson-Hill from Chaguanas, Trinidad. He began pre-college courses at St. Mary’s College in Port of Spain at the age of 14 and enrolled in a bachelor’s/M.D. dual degree program at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1988. Frederick began attending the College of Medicine in 1990. Frederick received both his Bachelor of Science and his Medical degrees in 1994. At Howard University Hospital, he completed his surgical residency and was mentored by world-renowned physicians LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. and Clive O. Challenger.

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After finishing his surgical oncology fellowships at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2003, Frederick and Simone Frederick from Trinidad were married on February 13, 2004. They are parents of a son, Wayne II and daughter Kirie.

In 2006, Frederick, 35, returned to Howard University as interim president, provost, and chief academic officer, 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.

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Frederick received his Master of Business Administration from Howard University in 2011. Three years later, he was named Howard University’s 17th president and the Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery.

In addition, Frederick was honored by the United States Congress in 2014 for his contributions to addressing health disparities among African Americans and other historically underrepresented groups.

HBCU Digest named Frederick “Male President of the Year” in 2015. In 2017, Washingtonian magazine named him “Washingtonian of the Year.” Later that year, the Board of Trustees of Howard University approved a seven-year extension of his contract as president until 2024.



President Wayne Frederick and Family (The Business Journals)


Frederick spearheaded “Run to Cure Sickle Cell,” a campaign to raise awareness for Howard University’s Center for Sickle Cell Disease, in 2019, after being diagnosed with the disease as a child. Frederick wrote editorials, essays, peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts, including the joint study “We Need to Recruit More Black Americans in Vaccine Trials,” which was published in the New York Times in 2020, and “A lack of diversity in research and analytics is not only unethical, but dangerous,” in the 2021 The Hechinger Report, as well as “What Happens When People Stop Going to the Doctor?” We’re About to Find Out,” which was published in the New York Times in 2021.

Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick was also named the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s “Great Immigrant, Great American” in 2021. Individuals who have enriched and strengthened American society and democracy through their contributions and actions are eligible for the award.



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