Howard Surgeon Named to EBONY Power 100 List

WASHINGTON (Nov 15) -- Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, director of the Howard University Cancer Center and division chief for General Surgery at Howard University Hospital, this month joined A-list celebrities, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Michael Jordan, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Alicia Keyes, Brown University President Ruth Simmons and U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder, as one of EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 for 2010. 

Frederick, who also serves as associate dean for Clinical Strategy and Operations at Howard University College of Medicine, was cited for “working to educate and save lives when it comes to cancer” in the December issue of the magazine.

The annual list is a chance for the magazine to profile the nation’s African-American “power players” whose “accomplishments are of special significance to us, because you serve as both proof of our power and as role models to the next generation,” the magazine’s editors said.

The magazine’s editors said in making this year’s list, they looked for people who consistently challenged the status quo, are forging new paths to opportunity and success, have an impact because of the breadth of their sphere of influence and whose efforts have positively benefited African Americans.

Frederick earned his bachelor of science degree from Howard University in 1992 and his medical degree from Howard’s College of Medicine 1994.

Dr. Robert Taylor, dean of the Howard University College of Medicine, praised Frederick and his rise from student to associate dean. “I think that Dr. Frederick is truly one of our exceptional graduates,” Taylor said.  “He trained in our residency program and has been on our faculty for four years, where he has truly excelled in teaching, research and service.  He’s an extremely gifted surgeon and is well deserving of being on this list.”

Before returning to Howard, Frederick completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He then completed his surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he spent his final year as the Chief Administrative Fellow.

In 2003, he joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn., where he became the associate director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, the director of Surgical Oncology and assistant professor in the Department of Surgery. 

He held the position of associate program director of the Integrated Residency Program, where he was awarded the residents’ “Teacher of the Year Award” and the students’ “Teacher of the Year Award” in all three of the years that he was on the faculty. In April 2006, The University of Connecticut integrated Surgical Residency issued a proclamation naming their mock oral examinations monthly sessions, “Frederick Rounds.” 

He is currently a member of several national organizations, including the Association of Academic Surgeons, the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American College of Surgeons, where he is an Executive member of the Committee of Young Surgeons, and the Society of Surgical Oncology where he is a Member of the Diversity Committee.

In 2006, Frederick joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery at Howard University as associate professor, fulfilling a career aspiration of working with his mentor, world renowned cancer oncologist and surgeon Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall Jr.

He is a reviewer for several scientific journals. Recently, he was appointed vice chairman of the District of Columbia Board of Medicine. He also has served as an Associate Board Examiner for the American Board of Surgery.

His research has been published in well-known peer reviewed journals. Frederick currently resides in Washington with his wife and two children. 

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