Linda Fried Named New Dean of Mailman School of Public Health
January 16, 2008
Dear fellow member of the Columbia community:
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr.
Linda Fried as the new dean of the Mailman School of Public Health. She
succeeds Dr. Allan Rosenfield, whose twenty-two year tenure as dean
has been legendary in improving the school and the quality of life for people
around the globe and in our immediate neighborhoods. With our highest
gratitude, Allan will remain on the faculty as professor of public health and
obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Fried's appointment as dean and professor of
epidemiology will be effective May 2008.
Public health is an essential concern in our society, and
in bridging so many disciplines, it is an endeavor that can create synergies in
every corner of the University. With someone of Linda Fried's unique experience
and accomplishments in public health and medicine as our new dean, Columbia
will have an extraordinary leader who will build on the Mailman School's
momentum in the years ahead.
Dr. Fried comes to us after a distinguished career of
more than two decades at Johns Hopkins University, where she is currently
professor of medicine, epidemiology, health policy and nursing and serves as
director of the Center on Aging and Health. A renowned geriatrician and
epidemiologist, she is internationally recognized for her outstanding clinical
work and research in geriatric medicine and gerontology. While also leading
Johns Hopkins' Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and the Bloomberg
School of Public Health's Program in Epidemiology of Aging, Dr. Fried has
focused her own scholarship on the causal factors of frailty as well as on the
prevention of disabilities associated with the aging process.
She was named a Kaiser Faculty Scholar in General
Internal Medicine and is the recipient of a National Institute on Aging MERIT
Award, as well as many other honors, including membership in the Institute of
Medicine. Having attended the University of Wisconsin as an undergraduate, Dr.
Fried received her medical degree from Rush Medical College and completed her
postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in geriatrics,
general internal medicine and epidemiology. She also received her masters in
public health from Johns Hopkins.
She is also co-designer of Experience Corps, a
community-based senior volunteer program that serves public school children
while promoting better health for the older volunteers by fostering increased
physical, cognitive and social activity through intensive civic engagement in
public elementary schools.
Please join us in thanking the search committee, led by
Dr. Steven Shea, for its outstanding work in identifying a group of fine
candidates, and in welcoming Linda Fried to the Columbia community.
Lee C. Bollinger
Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences
and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine