Dr. Linda Fried
Dr. Linda Fried

Linda Fried, M. D., dean of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health will present this year’s Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture on “The Science of Frailty.”

The lecture will be held at 4 p.m., March 30, in MSB 2.006.

A leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatrics, Fried is also the DeLamar Professor of Public Health Practice and senior vice president of Columbia University Medical Center. She has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging and has defined frailty as a medical condition.

Fried is the recipient of numerous awards, including the “Silver Innovator Award” from the Alliance for Aging Research and the Longevity Prize from Foundation IPSEN. She has been named a Living Legend in Medicine by Congress.

The Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture was established in 2006 to honor Dr. Cheves Smythe, the first dean of the medical school, who served 1970–75. Smythe skillfully guided the school through its early years with his long-standing commitment to the fields of geriatrics and education and his exemplary standards of leadership.