Association of American Physicians Honors Columbia University’s Linda Fried

Linda Fried, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City, has been awarded the 2022 George M. Kober Medal from the Association of American Physicians. She was honored for her groundbreaking contributions to the science of healthy aging, particularly the science defining the clinical syndrome of frailty and for prevention of frailty, disability, and cardiovascular disease.

The Kober Medal, one of the highest honors in academic medicine, is given annually to a scholar who has had an enormous impact on biomedicine through their scientific discoveries and the many outstanding young scientists who they have trained. Past recipients of the Kober Medal include 13 Nobel laureates.

“I am honored to receive the AAP’s Kober Medal, which has an extraordinary history, and I share this award with the remarkable colleagues and students with whom I have worked to promote healthy longevity,” Dr. Fried said. “This medal is an important recognition of the potential to escalate capabilities to prevent ill health and extend health span in our now-longer lives.”

Before coming to Columbia University in 2008, Dr. Fried was the Mason F. Lord Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Dr. Fried is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. She holds a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University an a medical doctorate from Rush Medical College in Chicago.

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