Linda Fried

Linda Fried

Linda Fried

Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health and DeLamar Professor of Public Health Practice
Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center
Mailman School of Public Health


722 W. 168th Street, R1408New York NY 10032


Dr. Linda P. Fried is a leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatrics who has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging and creating the basis for a transition to a world where greater longevity benefits people of all ages. An internationally renowned scientist, she has done seminal work in defining frailty as a medical condition, illuminating its causes and the potential for prevention as keys to optimizing health for older adults. Dr. Fried is also the designer and co-founder of Experience Corps, a scientifically designed community-based program in 19 cities that puts senior volunteers to work in public schools. Acting as tutors and mentors, the older volunteers help boost students' academic performance while bolstering their own health through the continued activity and community interaction. Dr. Fried led a randomized, controlled trial of this innovative intervention to determine its efficacy in preventing physical disability and cognitive decline among older adults, while raising child literacy“ providing evidence for the potential win-wins of an aging society. Before coming to Columbia in 2008 as Dean of the Mailman School, Dr. Fried founded the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health, directed the Program in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging and the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, and held joint appointments in the schools of medicine, nursing and public health. Dr. Fried is the recipient of numerous awards. Among them, in 2004, the U.S. Congress named her a Living Legend in Medicine. She received the the Alliance for Aging Research's inaugural 2011 "Silver Innovator Award," their 2012 Silver Scholar Award, and Foundation IPSEN's 2012 Longevity Prize, all in recognition of career contributions to aging research. That same year, Dr. Fried was profiled by the New York Times as one of 15 world leaders in science.In 2014, global publisher Thomson Reuters named her "one of the year's most influential scientific minds." Most recently, Dr. Fried was named The 2015 Ralph and Lorraine Lubin Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Fried is a member of numerous editorial and advisory boards. Dr. Fried is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, as well as the Association of American Physicians. She is a member of the MacArthur Network on an Aging Society and the World Economic Forum's Council on an Aging Society and their Global Task Force on Social Protection. (see complete bio.)



MPH, 1984, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
MD, 1979, Rush Medical College
BA, 1970, University of Wisconsin

Editorial Boards

Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences


Academic Appointments

Professor, Epidemiology and Medicine

Additional Affiliations

Honors & Awards

MERIT Award, National Institute on Aging
Longevity Prize, Fondation IPSEN, 2012
Silver Scholar Award for Aging Research, 2012
Silver Innovator's Award, Alliance for Aging Research, 2011
Living Legend in Medicine, U.S. Congress, 2004

Areas of Expertise

Aging and Elderly, Alzheimer's Disease, Gerontology, Healthy Aging and Longevity, Public Health Education

Select Urban Health Activities

Age-Friendly New York City Commission: 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.

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