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 Einstein-MDivers@einsteinmed.edu.
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.”