Dean Linda P. Fried, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, was named one of Next Avenue 2015 Influencers in Aging, a list of 50 innovators and thought leaders who are changing how we age and think about aging in America. An internationally renowned scientist, Dr. Fried has done seminal work in defining frailty as a medical condition and is the co-founder of Experience Corps, an evidence–based public health program that puts senior volunteers to work in public schools in more than 20 U.S. cities.
The list of 50 innovators included Senator Susan Collins of Maine, the chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging; musician Glen Campbell; oncologist and medical ethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel; and news anchor Maria Shriver. Experts in health, money, work, living and caregiving, along with editors of Next Avenue, nominated and voted on those who had the greatest impact in their fields.
In recognition of her career contributions to aging research, Dr. Fried has been named a “living legend in medicine” by the U.S. Congress, and among the top one percent of the most influential scientific minds of the decade by Thompson-Reuters. She is a member of the MacArthur Network on an Aging Society and the World Economic Forum’s Council on an Aging Society.