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Friday, October 18, 2019



The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029


This event is free; advance online registration is required.

This event brings together a stellar community of women leaders in medicine to recognize one of their own. Past recipients of the Alma Dea Morani Award include Margaret Hamburg, MD; Mary-Claire King, PhD; and Barbara Barlow, MD, FACS.

This year’s award will be presented to Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, a pioneer in the science of aging.

Dr. Fried is currently dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is a geriatrician and epidemiologist, as well as an internationally known medical scientist, clinician, and leader in medicine and public health. Under her leadership, Columbia has become an innovator in public health education, addressing such critical issues as the health effects of climate change and increasing the quality of health for Americans who are living longer. Read Dr. Fried’s complete bio below.

The New York Academy of Medicine is proud to partner with The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation to present this premier award to an Academy Fellow and former Trustee. Please join us as we recognize Dr. Fried’s achievements, as well as the importance of women leaders in medicine.

About Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH

Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH is Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she is also Professor of Epidemiology and of Medicine, and Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center.  A geriatrician and epidemiologist, Dean Fried is an internationally renowned medical scientist, clinician, and leader in medicine and public health.  As Dean, since 2008, Dr. Fried has led Columbia Public Health to become the leader in innovation in public health education in the US, starting with a completely transformed MPH curriculum for the 21st Century which has become the accreditation standard. She has built programs to address the critical issues of our century that affect the public’s health and require effective prevention and mitigation, from the health effects of climate change to increasing health span for our society of longer lives.

As a scientist, Dr. Fried is the author of over 500 scientific articles and chapters.  She has led 3 major lines of scientific investigation:  First, research that has defined frailty in aging as a new medical syndrome, with distinct phenotypic presentation, etiology and outcomes, and scientific innovation in the understanding of the diseases and preclinical processes that lead to disability in aging, with an overall goal of extending health span to match life span; she has been the Principal Investigator of a number of major population-based longitudinal studies, including the Women’s Health and Aging Studies and the Cardiovascular Health Study.  Second, she co-designed and founded a novel community-based public health intervention to prevent frailty and cognitive and functional decline in older adults, embedded in a volunteer program for older adults to build social capital, serving in public elementary schools to improve the academic outcomes of the children. This program, named Experience Corps, has been evaluated by Dr. Fried and colleagues in a randomized controlled trial and has been demonstrated to improve the outcomes intended, and is now in 24 US cities and led by AARP.  The third line of work has been to develop the concept that longer lives could lead to a Third Demographic Dividend.

Dr. Fried has led numerous initiatives to improve equity of opportunity for women in medicine and public health.  At Johns Hopkins, she served as the founding chair of the Department of Medicine Task Force on Women’s Academic Careers (1990-95), which led to over 40 interventions now extending over 25 years that have significantly improved gender equity.  She also chaired the Johns Hopkins University President’s Task Force for Careers of Women Faculty, from 2000-2004, which led to numerous university-level recommendations.

Prior to becoming Dean, Dr. Fried was Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and Founding Director of the Center on Aging and Health (Center of Excellence for Aging Research) at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.  In the former role, she led the bicampus division and its coordinated continuum of geriatric care models, developed a full spectrum of research programs – from the biology of frailty and aging to prevention science to health services research - and brought the Division to be ranked #1 in the US by USNWR.

Dean Fried is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.  Most recently, she received the French INSERM International Prize for Medical Research.  An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and of its Council, she is past President of the Association of American Physicians and an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

About the Award
The Alma Dea Morani Renaissance Woman Award recognizes an outstanding contemporary pioneer in the medical sciences. It was named for Alma Dea Morani, MD, the first woman admitted to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and an advocate for humanism in medicine. Recipients demonstrate professional excellence, a thirst for knowledge, and service beyond their medical practice or scientific endeavors.

About the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation
The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation, formerly the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine, was founded with the strong belief that understanding our history plays a powerful role in shaping our future. The resolute stand women took to establish their place in these fields propels our vision forward. We serve as stewards to the stories from the past and take pride in sharing them with the women of today. Our mission is to preserve and promote the history of women in medicine and the medical sciences, and we look forward to connecting you to our collective legacy that will empower our future. Learn more at

Sponsorship Opportunities
Visit the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation for sponsorship opportunities.