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The health care capital of the world has a new medical school

The Thomas F. Frist, Jr. College of Medicine at Belmont University, first announced in October 2020, is the newest medical school to come to Nashville. 

And our belief in a whole-person approach to health care informs everything we do – from education, to clinical experiences, to the leadership team we’ve selected. 

Focused on training diverse physician leaders who embrace and value a whole-person approach to healing, the Frist College of Medicine has been established in alliance with HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services and one of the College of Medicine’s major clinical affiliates.  


In the Heart of Nashville

The Frist College of Medicine’s location in Nashville—the unquestionable capital of the health care industry—offers distinct advantages. According to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, more than 500 health care companies call the Nashville area home, making health care the region’s largest industry. 

Health care contributes more than $95 billion to the local economy and employs more than 500,000 people in fields directly and indirectly related to the industry. Plus, a beacon of creativity, innovation and friendly charm, Nashville is thriving economically and culturally—garnering international media coverage and accolades for its arts, food, sports, fashion and music scenes. 


At Home at Belmont

Belmont is the perfect home for Nashville’s innovative, new medical school. Long known for its excellent education, dedicated faculty and student support, Belmont will provide incredible opportunities to students who decide to earn their MDs on campus. And with the institution’s longstanding partners across the health care industry, students in the Frist College of Medicine will benefit from numerous interprofessional healthcare opportunities already embedded across our campus.

Working alongside pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, social workers and nurses, budding physicians will experience interprofessional team environments that are present in all settings of care across the country. This on-campus experience will complement clinical training experiences that will prepare our graduates for life on the job after their studies are complete.

The College’s Namesake

Thomas-F.-Frist-Jr..jpgHealthcare Icon Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr. – Former Air Force flight surgeon, physician and businessman, Dr. Frist is one of the co-founders of HCA Healthcare, headquartered in Nashville.

A Nashville native, Dr. Thomas “Tommy” Frist, Jr. is a graduate of Nashville’s Montgomery Bell Academy and Vanderbilt University. In 1965, he graduated from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and returned to Vanderbilt for his surgical residency, which was interrupted by a two-year stint as a flight surgeon at Robins Air Force Base during the Vietnam War.

While in the military, Dr. Frist had an idea for a company that would bring hospitals together to share resources. In 1968, alongside his father Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr. and Jack C. Massey, Dr.  Frist co-founded Hospital Corporation of America (now HCA Healthcare). As one of the nation’s first investor-owned hospital companies, HCA Healthcare modernized the way health care was delivered while keeping patient care and safety first. Dr. Frist served HCA in various leadership roles including President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. He remained on the Board of Directors until 2009 and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus.

An active philanthropist and civic volunteer, Dr. Frist founded the United Way Tocqueville Society. He has served as Chair of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and is the recipient of many honors including United Way of America's “Lifetime Achievement Award” and the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best in Business Lifetime Achievement Award,” as well as being inducted into the inaugural class of the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame. He is the founder of The Frist Foundation, a Nashville grantmaker that has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to Nashville nonprofit organizations over the last 40 years.