Frederick has been president of Howard University since 2014. Prior to that, he servced as Howard's provost and chief academic officer. A distinguished researcher and surgeon, he continues to work as a surgeon, and lectures to medical students and residents of Howard's College of Medicine. His research seeks to narrow the disparity in all cancer-care outcomes, with a focus on gastrointestinal cancers. Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick was named provost and chief academic officer at Howard University in June 2012. He oversees the academic enterprise including the University's 13 schools, the health sciences, interdisciplinary programs, centers and institutes. He is also responsible for research, academic support services, and enrollment management, including admissions and financial aid. He leads the University's budgeting and planning process, working in tandem with the chief financial officer. He also is Director of Howard University's Cancer Center and a professor in the Howard Department of Surgery. In addition to his work as a surgeon and a teacher, Dr. Frederick is a respected researcher who has focused on health disparities, with a particular emphasis on cancer outcomes among African Americans and other underrepresented groups. He also has served as the principal investigator for major collaborations with the National Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins University, as well as local and national minority-serving oncology programs. Provost Frederick 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. Dr. Frederick has written dozens of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts and editorials. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Dr. Frederick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at Howard University, his medical degree from the College of Medicine, and a Master in Business Administration from the School of Business. He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship and a surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he spent his final year as Chief Administrative Fellow. At the University of Connecticut Health Center, 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 was elected as the Chair of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association.