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.
As Dean of the Mailman School, Dr. Fried has led the introduction of an innovative Master of Public Health curriculum that emphasizes a life-course approach to prevention of disease and disability.
A paper co-authored by Dr. Fried in 2012, “Aging, Climate Change, and Legacy Thinking,” was recognized for excellence as a 2013 American Journal of Public Health Paper of the Year. Among her many other awards are a Merit Award from the National Institute on Aging, a 2011 Silver Innovator’s Award from the Alliance for Aging Research, the Enrico Greppi Prize from the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and the 2012 Longevity Prize from Fondation Ipsen. Both the American Federation for Aging Research and the American Geriatrics Society have recognized her for career contributions to research on aging. In 2004, she was named a “Living Legend in Medicine” by the U.S. Congress.