Senator Bill Frist on the Rewarding Stress of His Career

[ 0 ] June 29, 2014 |

As a transplant surgeon and former Senate majority leader, Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee has had some of the most stressful jobs known to man. Both the healthcare and political jobs require a lot of responsibility because no matter what, he holds the lives of American people in his hands – literally and figuratively.

WATCH as Bill Frist talks about the stress of being Senate majority leader and a heart transplant surgeon at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival:

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Bill Frist talks with genConnect’s Baruch Shemtov at the Aspen Ideas Festival

“The transplant world was a hard world, it was seven days a week operating through night after night,” recalls Frist. He said it was a privilege to give life back to those who didn’t much time to live without the surgery he was able to preform.

When Frist made the decision to switch from being a world-class surgeon to a politician, he said it was so he could give lives back to more people that needed his services.

“After 20 years … it was a decision based on service one-on-one in medicine… to the health of a community, or of a state, and – ultimately as a majority leader – of a country. It had been the right thing to do,” he says.

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As the Senate majority leader, Frist made decisions on whether the country went to war and how the government budget was spent – not minor decisions, by a long shot. These are decisions that ultimately affected many people’s lives. Frist had to weigh out the pros and the cons to ensure he made a decision that helped the country progress.

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About Bill Frist: William H. Frist, M.D., is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and Chairman of the Executive Council of Cressey and Company. Senator Frist represented Tennessee in the U.S. [...]
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