Linda P. Fried

MD, MPH Dean, DeLamar Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Epidemiology- Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, is Dean, DeLamar Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is also Professor of Medicine at Columbia’s Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and Senior Vice President of Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Fried is a leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatrics and an internationally renowned scientist who has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging and creating the basis for a transition to an aging world that benefits all ages. She has led in defining the causes and consequences of frailty and disability in older adults and opportunities for prevention. Dr. Fried is the co-founder of Experience Corps, a community-based senior volunteer program that deploys the social capital of an aging society to improve the academic success of children in elementary schools while simultaneously promoting the health of the older volunteers. Prior to becoming Dean in 2008, Dr. Fried served as the Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Fried is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 French INSERM International Prize in Medical Research. She was named a “Living Legend in Medicine” by the U.S. Congress and noted by Thomson Reuters in 2014 as among the top 1% most influential scientific minds of the decade.  Dr. Fried is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine where she serves on the Executive Council, and of the Association of American Physicians where she served as President from 2016–2017. She is a member of the MacArthur Network on an Aging Society and the World Economic Forum’s Futures Council on Longevity and Human Enhancement. She is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Fried received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, her medical degree from Rush Medical College, and her master of public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.