Richard Afable, MD, MPH

President & CEO, St. Joseph Hoag Health, EVP Southern California Region, Providence St. Joseph Health

Richard Afable, M.D., M.P.H., is President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Hoag Health, a Southern California integrated delivery system created by the affiliation of St. Joseph Health and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.  St. Joseph Hoag Health is comprised of seven hospitals, an expansive physician network, and numerous ambulatory sites throughout Orange County, California, and the High Desert.

Dr. Afable is also Executive Vice President and Regional Senior Executive for Providence St. Joseph Health in Southern California.  Prior to the creation of St. Joseph Hoag Health, Dr. Afable was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.  Formerly, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Catholic Health East, an east coast health system comprised of 31 acute-care hospitals and 47 long-term care facilities.

Before joining Catholic Health East, Dr. Afable was the founder and President/CEO of Preferred Physician Partners, an Ohio-based physician practice management company.  A board-certified internist and geriatrician, he practiced clinical medicine for more than 15 years, in private practice and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, and as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.