Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH
Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; Director of The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center
A world-renowned geriatrician and epidemiologist, Dr. Fried has led ongoing innovation across her career toward the goals of healthy longevity and successful societies of longer lives. These innovations include substantial scientific advancements in defining frailty as a medical syndrome and its causes; and leading multiple major studies to determine the definition, causes, consequences and prevention of frailty, chronic diseases, multimorbidity, loneliness, and disability in aging. Dr. Fried is the co-designer and co-founder of Experience Corps, a ground-breaking model for senior volunteerism designed to deploy the social capital of older volunteers to support children’s elementary school success and to promote the health of the older volunteers, now in 23 US cities under the auspices of AARP, and in multiple countries. Dr. Fried has proposed that the creation of healthy longevity and new societal institutions could transform the potential of longer lives into a Third Demographic Dividend where all ages and societies flourish.
Under her leadership, the Columbia University Mailman School has developed new dimensions of public health science, from the University-wide Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center to the health impacts of pollution and climate change, and has become a key leader in innovation in public health education.
Named one of the 1% most influential scientific minds of the past decade in 2014 by Thomson Reuters, she is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine, and of its executive Council, and past President of the Association of American Physicians. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the French National INSERM International Prize in Medical Research in 2017 and the 2022 Kober Medal from the Association of American Physicians. She currently serves as co-chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s 2019-2022 Global Commission on a Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity.