Dean, Mailman School of Public Health Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center DeLamar Professor of Public Health Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH is a leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatrics. She has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging, particularly the prevention of frailty and disability, and design of approaches that will strengthen the benefits to all of being an aging society. The latter includes the design of health-promoting activities and roles for older adults that solve major societal needs. Dr. Fried co-founded Experience Corps, a community-based senior volunteer program designed to support the academic success of children while also serving as a health promotion program for older adults. Dr. Fried's scientific career has defined the phenotype of frailty as a new clinical syndrome and provided evidence as to its causes and opportunities for prevention. Her research has also identified approaches to prevent cardiovascular disease and the loss of independence with aging.
Dr. Fried is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 2012 Longevity Prize of the Foundation IPSEN, and a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health. She has been named a "Living Legend in Medicine" by the U.S. Congress. Dr. Fried is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine and of the Association of American Physicians where she serves on the governing Council. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on an Aging Society, and of the MacArthur Network on an Aging Society. Dr. Fried is also a member of the Board of Directors of Public Health Solutions, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and ReServe.
Previously, Dr. Fried served as the Mason F. Lord Professor of Geriatric Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, where she directed The Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health and the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. She also led major multidisciplinary research programs on the causes and consequences of frailty, cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment and disability in older adults, and approaches to prevention.
Dr. Fried received her MD from Rush Medical College in Chicago and her MPH from Johns Hopkins. She trained in internal medicine at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago and completed fellowships in general internal medicine and geriatric medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and in cardiovascular epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
To address a growing older population in NYC, Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2010 invited leaders from the public and private sectors to join the Commission which is charged with finding ways to help New Yorkers to live healthy vibrant lives as they age.