A world-renowned geriatrician and epidemiologist, Dr. Linda P. Fried is a serial innovator, known for tackling the major issues of our lengthening lives that affect our collective health and future. Her scientific contributions include creating the transformational science defining frailty as a medical condition, illuminating its causes and the potential for prevention and treatment as keys to optimizing health for older adults; and research on numerous dimensions on healthy aging. She is the designer and founder of Experience Corps, an evidence-based senior volunteer public health program in which older adults serve in public schools. The program has demonstrated prevention of cognitive loss and functional decline in the volunteers and large benefits to students. Dean Fried’s work extends to advocating the potential for longer lives to be the basis of a Third Demographic Dividend if society is designed to benefit from the social capital of older adults and invest in health promotion across the life course. Under her leadership, the Columbia University Mailman School has built a wide range of new dimensions of public health science, from the University-wide Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center to the new science of precision prevention, and has become a key leader in innovation in public health education and in intersectoral partnerships for health.
Dean Fried was 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. In 2016-17 she served as the President of the Association of American Physicians. She co-chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Future of Human Enhancement. The recipient of numerous awards and prizes, she has been named a “Living Legend in Medicine” by the U.S. Congress, and in 2016, she received the French National INSERM International Prize in Medical Research. She is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations.