Gerontology Trailblazer is 2019 Alma Dea Morani Award Winner


The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation honors Dr. Linda P. Fried

Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, a pioneer in the science of aging, is the 2019 recipient of the Alma Dea Morani Renaissance Woman Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed by The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation.

Dr. Fried is dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. A geriatrician and epidemiologist, she is 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. She has been the principal investigator of a number of major studies, including the Women’s Health and Aging Studies and the Cardiovascular Health Study.  

“Dr. Fried is a trailblazer in defining frailty in aging as a new medical syndrome and her work is contributing to keeping individuals healthy longer to match their life spans,” says Julia Haller, MD, Foundation president. “This is the 20th time the Alma Dea Morani Award has been given and we are honored to have Dr. Fried celebrate that milestone with us.”

The Alma Dea Morani Award recognizes an outstanding contemporary pioneer in medicine or science who has demonstrated professional excellence and a thirst for knowledge and service beyond her medical practice or scientific endeavors. 

Dr. Fried is founder of the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health and designer and co-founder of Experience Corps, in which older adults serve in public schools, an evidence-based health promotion program for the volunteers who boost student performance while bolstering their own wellbeing. Prior to 2008, she was Director of the John’s Hopkins Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.

She will accept her award at the New York Academy of Medicine on October 18, 2019, where members of the Foundation’s board and community will gather with members of the greater medical community to celebrate her achievements. 

Alma Dea Morani, MD was the first woman admitted to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and an advocate for humanism in medicine. The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation dedicates itself to preserving and promoting the history of women in medicine and the medical sciences.