Norfolk, VA. (July 31, 2008) — Physicians for Peace, an international organization focusing on medical education in developing nations, announced it will award former Senator Bill Frist the second annual Charles E. Horton Humanitarian Award during the organization’s Celebrating the Nations Gala on Oct 4, 2008. Frist will also serve as keynote speaker for the event. The award was given last year to Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, noted expert on global development and Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Senator Frist, who began his career as a cardiothoracic surgeon, represented the state of Tennessee in the United States Senate from 1995 to 2007, serving as Senate Majority Leader during the final four years of his tenure. Since retirement from the Senate, he has been active in issues of global health and development, including partnering with the charity Save the Children to address the dire crisis in children’s health in the developing world. As Frist announced in September of 2007, he intends to lead a drive by the charity to make the preventable deaths of millions of children in the developing world an issue for all Americans.

Dr. Frist’s work in this field aligns with the Physicians for Peace mission to foster medical diplomacy. As Dr. Frist recently wrote in the Yale Law and Policy Review, “Health is a unique vehicle that crosses boundaries in times of war and distress, and in times of suffering and turmoil. Working to improve the health of our fellow man sends a message that speaks to our common humanity and serves as a vehicle for peacemakers.

The Charles E. Horton Humanitarian Award for Global Health is bestowed in honor of the late Physicians for Peace founder, Charles E. Horton, MD. Horton, an internationally recognized humanitarian, founded Physicians for Peace in 1989 and served as its leader until his death in late 2006. Through Horton’s leadership, the organization has touched the lives of thousands of patients and doctors in more than 50 countries around the world.

“The career of Dr. Frist is a wonderful example of public service,” noted Physicians for Peace CEO, Brigadier General (USAF Ret.). “His segue to humanitarian work following his retirement from the Senate is an inspiration to all Americans. His leadership and commitment to solving the problems of healthcare in the developing world will be an invaluable addition to these ongoing efforts. Physicians for Peace is proud to honor him with the Horton Award.”


Physicians for Peace is an international private voluntary organization that mobilizes healthcare educators to assist developing nations with unmet medical needs and scarce resources. Through effective, hands-on medical education and training, clinical care and donated medical supplies, Physicians for Peace creates long-term, sustainable, replicable, and evidence-based projects to help partner nations build medical capability and capacity to help themselves. Volunteers for the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization have conducted medical missions in more than 50 countries. More information is available at