Linda P. Fried Dean, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Linda P. Fried, Dean of Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, is a leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatric medicine. A geriatrician also trained in cardiovascular and chronic disease epidemiology, she has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging and prevention of frailty, disability and cardiovascular disease, and defining how to transition to a world where greater longevity benefits people of all ages.
At Columbia, Fried is also the DeLamar Professor of Public Health Practice and senior vice president at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Fried is the co-designer and co-founder of Experience Corps, and since 2006 has served as a member of the international Network on an Aging Society. She is also global chair of ILINK, the International Loneliness Knowledge Network. She has proposed the concept that it is possible to create a Third Demographic Dividend that enables society and individuals of all ages to experience the benefits of our now-longer lives, based on innovation in health promotion and design of society’s environments and roles for older adults.
Prior to Columbia, Fried worked at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, where she served in a number of capacities, including as director of the pan-medical Center on Aging and Health. She is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Aging. She is the recipient of numerous honors and award, most recently the 2016 French INSERM International Prize in Medical Research and the 2018 Crain’s Notable Women in Health Care.
Fried received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin; her M.D. from Rush Medical College; and her Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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