ASA's Legacy Interviews with Linda Fried, MD, MPH, and John W. Rowe, MD

Friday, October 22, 2021


Over the past several months, the American Society on Aging conducted a series of 'Legacy Interviews' featuring interviews with diverse legendary pathfinders who have spent decades in the field of aging, health and social services. The series was hosted by Ken Dychtwald, PhD, and among others featured Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, and John W. Rowe, MD, both members of the Columbia Aging Center.

Click here for Linda P. Fried's interview.

Click here for John W. Rowe's interview.


Director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, Linda Fried is Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. A world-renowned geriatrician and epidemiologist, Dr. Fried has led ongoing innovation across her career supporting the goal of healthy longevity. Innovations include substantial scientific advancements in defining frailty as a medical syndrome and its causes; leading NIH-funded population-based studies to determine the definition, causes, consequences and prevention of frailty, chronic diseases, multimorbidity, loneliness and disability in aging. Dr. Fried is co-designer and founder of the Experience Corps, a groundbreaking model for older adult volunteerism designed to deploy older volunteers' social capital to foster children’s elementary school success and promote the health of the older volunteers, now in 23 U.S. cities and multiple countries, under the auspices of AARP. She was appointed co-chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s 2019–2022 Global Commission on a Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity, is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and of its executive Council, and past President of the Association of American Physicians. 

Faculty member of the Columbia Aging Center, John W. Rowe, MD, is the Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Previously, he served as Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc., one of the nation's leading healthcare and related benefits organizations. Prior to Aetna, Dr. Rowe served as President and CEO of Mount Sinai NYU Health, one of the nation’s largest academic healthcare organizations, and before that he was President of the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Earlier, Dr. Rowe was a Professor of Medicine and founding Director of the Division on Aging at the Harvard Medical School, as well as Chief of Gerontology at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. Dr. Rowe has received many honors and awards for his research and health policy efforts regarding care of older adults. Dr. Rowe leads the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a former Commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

To view all episodes, see the ASA's youtube channel here.