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Wayne A.I. Frederick

Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond since 2017

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, FACS, is president of Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Since becoming the University’s 17th president in July 2014, Dr. Frederick launched Howard’s Center for Academic Excellence, a center created specifically to provide student retention support services to increase undergraduate success. He also introduced the Graduation & Retention Access for Continued Excellence (GRACE) Grant Program, which provides need-based funding to reduce financial barriers and increase on-time graduation.

Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Dr. Frederick’s affiliation with Howard University began at age 16 when he was admitted as student with a 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 he has lived with since birth. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, a Doctor of Medicine 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 as associate director of the Cancer Center at University of Connecticut, where he also served on the Department of Surgery faculty. 

Dr. Frederick returned to Howard University in 2006 and served 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. He also earned a master’s in business administration.

As a distinguished researcher and surgeon, Dr. Frederick is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts and editorials. He has also received numerous awards honoring his outstanding scholarship and service. In June 2014, Congress recognized him for his contributions in addressing health disparities among African Americans and historically underrepresented groups.

His groundbreaking research and 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.

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