Wayne Frederick, MD, MBA, FACS, is the 17th president of Howard University and the distinguished Charles R. Drew professor of surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine. He is also a practicing cancer surgeon at Howard University Hospital, where he continues to see patients and perform surgeries. He is a true son of Howard, having earned three degrees from the University – a BS in 1990, an MD in 1994, and an MBA in 2011. As president of Howard, Dr. Frederick has worked to strengthen internal operations in order to enhance the student experience and position the university to more effectively serve the community. He has overseen a period of immense growth and transformation at Howard, including record-breaking enrollment numbers and philanthropic donations. Dr. Frederick is an expert on health care disparities and devotes his time to speaking about and advocating for social justice as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. He also serves on the boards of numerous institutions and organizations, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Humana Inc. Dr. Frederick is also a member of surgical and medical associations, including the American Surgical Association, and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Frederick has served on the American Cancer Society Board of Directors since 2022.