Standing Up for the Underdog

Suzanne (Sue) Fried, M.D. ’64

Dr. Fried is an inaugural member of the Albert Einstein Legacy Society, which recognizes individuals—alumni, faculty, staff, and friends—who wish to advance Einstein’s mission through a legacy gift in their estate plans, which help ensure the College of Medicine’s future prosperity. If you would like to speak to someone about creating a plan that best serves your philanthropic goals, contact Michael Divers at 718.430.2685 or

Specialty: Psychiatry

Why medicine? “My father became a doctor after immigrating from Ukraine. He believed in helping the underdog. He died when I was 12, and I wanted to carry on his work.”

What I love about Einstein: The sense of community. “I’m not surprised it has become such a socially conscious institution.”

Biggest Einstein influence: Joe Hirsh, the first assistant dean for student affairs. “He encouraged me to join a public health program in El Salvador and Guatemala, where I worked with severely malnourished children. I loved it.” 

Proudest accomplishment: “Thought disorder is fascinating to me, particularly the inability to articulate thoughts logically. My life’s work has been about understanding mentally ill patients and helping them to understand themselves.”

Why I established the Suzanne R. Fried, M.D., Fund: “People were good to me, and I benefited from a scholarship myself. Without it, I would have had a hard time paying tuition. I feel obligated to give back as much as I can.”

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