Linda Fried

Linda Fried

Linda Fried

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


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New York NY 10032



Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, Dean of Columbia University’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. 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 both the academic success of the children and the health of the volunteers. 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, the Women’s Health and Aging Studies I and II; the recipient of NIH MERIT Award to determine the pathophysiology of frailty; 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 and the Experience Corps trial. At the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 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 and co-principal investigator of the NIA-funded Demography of Aging Center. Dr. Fried was the founding Chair of the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine Task Force on 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 in 2012, by the New York Times, as one of 15 world leaders in science (2012). She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, 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

Editorial Boards

Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences


Other Affiliations

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 New York City, in 2010, then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg invited leaders from the public and private sectors to join the Commission to identify ways to help New Yorkers to live healthy vibrant lives as they age.

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