Linda P. Fried, dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health was named a Notable Women in Health Care by Crain’s Custom, a division of Crain’s New York Business. The program, inaugurated this year, honors executives, researchers and clinicians who have had a profound impact through work in their careers and in their communities. The Notable Women in Health Care is part of a year-long series from Crain’s New York Business to celebrate women in the workplace across industries.
Dr. Fried’s contributions to promoting healthy aging spans nearly 40 years. A leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatrics, she has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging and done seminal work in defining frailty as a clinical syndrome. Her scientific discoveries have transformed medical care and public health globally, and our understanding of how to build successful societies of longer lives. Dr. Fried is also the designer and co-founder of Experience Corps, an evidence-based program in which older volunteers serve in public schools in cities across the country.
In 2016 Dr. Fried received the Inserm International Prize in Medical Research. She has been profiled by The New York Times as one of 15 world leaders in science, and global publisher Thomson Reuters named her “one of the most influential scientific minds of the past decade.”
A past president in 2016-17 of the Association of American Physicians, the elected society of the U.S. leading physician scientists, Dr. Fried is the second dean of a School of Public Health to be President of AAP, the first being William Henry Welch in 1904. Most recently, Dr. Fried was elected to the Council of the National Academy of Medicine, the governing body of the Academy elected by the membership.
Under her leadership, the Mailman School built the nation’s first program on climate and health. It also opened the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Columbia Population Health Partnerships, the Program for the Prevention of Mass Incarceration, and the Program in Global Health Justice and Governance.
The Notable Women in Health Care honoree program garnered nominations across a spectrum of health care organizations. The finalists were selected based on a combination of professional achievements, community service, track record of mentoring others, and promotion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.