Wayne A. I. Frederick was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and is a scholar, surgeon, researcher and administrator. Frederick lives with sickle cell anemia, which greatly shaped his outlook on life. The combination of spending time in hospitals and his mother's work as a nurse led him to the dream of helping others through medicine.
Frederick enrolled at Howard University as a 16-year-old to pursue his dream of becoming a physician. He earned a dual B.S./M.D. degree program at 22, and went on to enter a surgical residency at Howard University Hospital. He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship and a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Howard's School of Business in May 2011.
Frederick was appointed president of Howard University in Washington D.C, by unanimous votes of the search committee in 2014. He served as Interim President beginning in 2013, following the resignation of Sidney A. Ribeau. He previously served as Interim President and as Provost and Chief Academic Officer with oversight of Howard's 13 schools and colleges as well as its health sciences enterprise.
Prior to Howard, he served as the Associate Director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Director of Surgical Oncology and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at University of Connecticut Health Center. Since returning to Howard in 2006, Frederick has held several leadership positions including 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.
In addition to his work as an administrator, faculty member, and surgeon, Frederick has conducted research 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 collaborations with the National Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and local and national minority-serving oncology programs.
He has published peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts, and editorials. Frederick is the immediate past Chair of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association. He has also served as Director of the Drew-Walker Residents Forum of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association and Vice Chairman of the District of Columbia Board of Medicine.
He has received numerous awards, including being named a "Super Doctor" by The Washington Post and listed on Ebony magazine's Power 100 in 2010. He was named one of America's Best Physicians by Black Enterprise magazine. In 2000, the government of Trinidad and Tobago recognized him for outstanding achievement in medicine. The Institute of Caribbean Studies honored Frederick with the Vanguard Award in 2010; he received the NIHERST Award for Excellence in Science and Technology in 2012.