Dr. Linda P. Fried, Dean of Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health (since 2008) is a leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatric medicine. Trained in cardiovascular and chronic disease epidemiology, she has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging and prevention of frailty, disability and cardiovascular disease, and defining how to transition to a world where greater longevity benefits people of all ages. An internationally renowned scientist, she has led seminal work in defining frailty as a new clinical syndrome and illuminating its causes, based in the unravelling of the complex dynamical systems that underly resilience, and on the potential for prevention, and establishing evidence as to the causes and outcomes of cardiovascular disease and of disability in older age. She is the co-designer and co-founder of Experience Corps, a community-based senior volunteer program that places older volunteers in public elementary schools to support the academic success of the children; it has at its center an evidence-based public health program that embeds prevention of cognitive and physical decline in older age into the program design. Since 2006, Dr. Fried has served as a member of the international MacArthur Foundation think tank “Aging Society Network”, to create a roadmap to a successful society of longer lives. She has proposed the concept that it is possible to create a Third Demographic Dividend that enables society and individuals of all ages to experience the benefits of our now-longer lives, based on innovation in design of society’s environments and roles for older adults. Dr. Fried has been the Principal Investigator of major longitudinal cohort studies, including the Cardiovascular Health Study (1989-2008; NHLBI), the Women’s Health and Aging Studies I (1990-2008; NIA) and II (1993-2008; NIA), recipient of NIH MERIT Award to determine the pathophysiology of frailty (1998-2008; NIA), and Director of the Johns Hopkins Functional Status Laboratory (1987-1995). She has also served as Principal Investigator of NIH-funded randomized controlled trials, including the GEM trial of Gingko Biloba (NHLBI) and the Experience Corps trial (NIA Program Project). Programmatically, at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions until 2008 (where she served as the Director of the pan-medical center Center on Aging and Health, of the Division of Geriatric Medicine, and of the Training Program in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging), she was the founding Principal Investigator of the Johns Hopkins older Americans Independence Center (Pepper Center; NIA) and co-Principal Investigator of the NIA-funded Demography of Aging Center, Status of Women in Academic Medicine, Deputy Department Chair for Clinical Research, and the Mason F. Lord Professor of Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Fried was the founding Chair of the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine Task Force in the Academic Careers of Women in Medicine (1989-1995) and of the Johns Hopkins University President’s Task Force on the Status of Women in Academic Careers, 1998-2003. Dr. Fried is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine (since 2000), and currently serves as an elected member of its executive Council. Elected to the Association of American Physicians in 2000, she served as its President from 2016-17. She was a member of the Council of the National Institute on Aging, served from 2006-2016 as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Aging, and is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2014 she was named as among the top 1 percent “most influential scientific minds of the past decade” by Thomson-Reuters, and by the New York Times, in 2012, as one of 15 world leaders in science (2012). She is the recipient of numerous honors and award, most recently the 2016 French INSERM International Prize in Medical Research and the 2018 Crain’s Notable Women in Health Care.
MPH, 1984, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
MD, 1979, Rush Medical College
BA, 1970, University of Wisconsin
Honors & Awards
INSERM International Prize, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, 2016
MERIT Award, National Institute on Aging
Longevity Prize, Fondation IPSEN, 2012
Silver Scholar Award for Aging Research, 2012
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.