About Us

Richard Afable, MD, MPH

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Richard Afable, MD, MPH, 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 St. Joseph Health in Southern California and interim chief executive officer for Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. Prior to the creation of St. Joseph Hoag Health, Dr. Afable was the president and CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.

Dr. Afable is one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of Health System Leaders to Know. He is also on Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2012 list of 100 Leaders of Great Hospitals and the 2012 lists of 100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems.

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, Dr. Afable 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.