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A Timeline of Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick

A look at Dr. Frederick's milestones and accomplishments through his life.

by Bayan Atari
Dr. Frederick with friends

Dr. Frederick jokes with longtime friends and fellow Howard alumni, Shaka Hislop and Carlton Serrette. Photo by Rin-rin Yu.

1971: Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. 

1985: Attends high school at St. Mary’s College in Port of Spain.

1988: Enrolls in a six-year BS/MD dual degree program at Howard University.

1994: Earns his bachelor of science degree and his medical degree at the age of 22.  

2000: Becomes a clinical instructor in surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston, Texas. 

2003: Completes his post-doctoral research and surgical oncological fellowships at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also becomes an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Connecticut Health Center. 

2005: Named director of surgical oncology and associate director of Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center. 

2006: Returns to Howard University as an associate professor of the surgery department at HUH. 

2011: Becomes full professor at Howard. Completes MBA at Howard University’s School of Business. 

2012: Named provost and Chief Academic Officer of Howard University. 

2013: Becomes interim president of Howard University. 

2014: Named 17th President of Howard University. 

2015: Introduces the State of the University address series.

2016: U.S. President Barack Obama appoints Dr. Frederick to the Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on HBCUs. 

2018: Announced plans to re-establish College of Fine Arts.

2020: Howard University’s Board of Trustees names Dr. Frederick as the distinguished Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery. 

2022: Inducted into the National Academy of Medicine. Receives Trinidad and Tobago’s highest honor, The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (ORTT). 

This story appears in the Winter 2023 - Special Edition issue.
Article ID: 1326

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