Richard F. Afable, MD, MPH
Trustee, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, Torrance

Richard F. Afable, M.D., a trustee of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance,  is the 2018 chair of the California Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Trustees. 

Afable, a nationally recognized health care leader and medical executive, is the former President & CEO of St. Joseph Hoag Health and executive vice president of Providence St. Joseph Health Southern California Region. He has been named among the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives” by Modern Healthcare.  

A graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, Afable earned his medical degree from the Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine. He also earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois and a certificate in business administration from Villanova University.

A board-certified internist and geriatrician, Afable practiced clinical medicine for more than 15 years and served as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. He also served as an associate professor of medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Afable was the founder and President & CEO of Preferred Physician Partners, an Ohio-based physician practice management company, and served as executive vice president and chief medical officer of Catholic Health East, an East Coast health system comprised of 31 acute-care hospitals and 47 long-term care facilities.

In 2005, Afable was named President & CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach.  In 2013, when Hoag and St. Joseph Health formed St. Joseph Hoag Health, an integrated delivery system, Afable was named President & CEO. In that role, he oversaw seven hospitals, numerous ambulatory sites throughout Orange County and an expansive physician network. Most recently, he served as executive vice president Southern California Region for the newly formed Providence St. Joseph Health.

Afable, who is now building a coalition of public and private groups to address mental health issues in Orange County, has been an active leader in several state and national health care organizations. He is a past member of the Catholic Health Association Board of Trustees and a past chair of the Hospital Association of Southern California.