2021 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick

Keynote Speaker

Fireside Chat with Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick

Leveling the System: How to Appreciate Every Cog in the Wheel of the Research Enterprise

Research is one of the most effective means of identifying, addressing and solving our world’s challenges. But impactful research is more than just the brainchild of one individual researcher. It requires a robust enterprise, consisting of administrators, grant writers, researchers and more, to acquire the resources, conduct the research, ensure its integrity and promote the findings. Dr. Frederick will reflect on his own experience with research, his appreciation for every individual who participates in the research process and his recommendations to ensure research is used to improve social disparities across the United States.

Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick was appointed the seventeenth president of Howard University in 2014. He previously served as provost and chief academic officer. Most recently, the Howard University Board of Trustees selected Dr. Frederick to serve as the distinguished Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery.

Dr. Frederick received his B.S and M.D. from Howard University. Following 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 the University of Connecticut. Upon his return to Howard University, his academic positions included 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 of Business Administration from Howard University’s School of Business in 2011.

Dr. Frederick has advanced Howard University’s commitment to student opportunity, academic innovation, public service and fiscal stability. He has overseen a series of reform efforts, including the expansion of academic offerings, establishing innovative programs to support student success and the modernization of University facilities. Dr. Frederick is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts and editorials and is a widely recognized expert on disparities in health care and medical education. His medical research focuses on narrowing racial, ethnic and gender disparities in cancer-care outcomes, especially pertaining to gastrointestinal cancers.