Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH

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Interim Co-Director, Columbia Aging Center
Dean, Mailman School of Public Health
Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center
DeLamar Professor of Public Health
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine


Dr. 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. Her areas of expertise are Aging and Elderly, Alzheimer's Disease, Gerontology, Healthy Aging and Longevity, and Public Health Education.

In addition to her service as a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Aging, she serves as 2016-18 co-chair for the WEF's Future Agendas Council on Human Enhancement and will serve on their steering committee for their Council on Human-Centric Health. The WEF Global Agenda Council on Aging held a global series of meetings over the course of 2015-16 on the association of cognitive aging with financial risks.  Currently, Dr. Fried is the 2016-17 President of the Association of American Physicians, an elected society of the leading physician-scientists in the United States. She is also a member of the Blackrock Retirement Institute.

Dr. Fried is 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 of Public Health, 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."

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 the President-elect of 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. She also serves on the bord of ReServe and the Milken Institute of Aging


Education & Training:
1984, MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
1979, MD, Rush Medical College
1970, BA, University of Wisconsin

Honors and Awards:
Longevity Prize, Fondation IPSEN, 2012
Silver Scholar Award for Aging Research, 2012
Silver Innovator's Award, Alliance for Aging Research, 2011
Living Legend in Medicine, U.S. Congress, 2004

Recent Publications:
Rowe J.W., Fulmer T., Fried L.P. (2016) "Preparing for Better Health and Health Care for an Aging Population." JAMA. Published online September 26, 2016. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12335.
Fried, L.P. (2016) “Interventions for Human Frailty: Physical Activity as a Model.” Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine, Cold Spring Harbor Press.
Xue, Q-L., Tian, J., Fried, L.P. et al. (2016). “Physical Frailty Assessment in Older Women: Can Simplification be Achieved Without Loss of Syndrome Measurement Validity.” American Journal of Epidemiology.
Fried, L.P. (2016) “Investing in Health to Create a Third Demographic Dividend.” The Gerontologist.
Fried, L.P. (2016) “Building a Third Demographic Dividend: Strengthening Intergenerational Well-Being in Ways That Deeply Matter.” Public Policy & Aging Report.
Fried, L.P. (2015) “A Prescription for the Next Fifty Years of Medicare.” Journal of the American Society on Aging.
Xue, Q-L., Tian, J., Fried, L.P. et al. (2016). “Physical Frailty Assessment in Older Women: Can Simplification be Achieved Without Loss of Syndrome Measurement Validity.” American Journal of Epidemiology.


For more information, please see her Mailman School of Public Health page.