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.