chris simonsen



Keynote speaker
Richard Afable, MD, MPH

Richard Afable, MD, MPH, is the President and board chair of MindOC, a non-profit community benefit corporation created in 2018 with the sole purpose of improving mental and behavioral health in the community of Orange County CA. MindOC does so primarily by supporting BeWell OC, a community-based mental health organization comprised of local government, hospitals, healthcare professionals, the faith community, academia and other local community support organizations, all striving to lead the nation in optimal mental health and wellness for all residents.


Dr. Afable is also the recently retired President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Hoag Health (SJHH), an Orange County CA-based integrated delivery system created by the affiliation of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and the Southern California region of St. Joseph Health. Concurrently, Dr. Afable was the Executive Vice President of the Southern California region of Providence St Joseph Health, the largest integrated health system in the Western US. Prior to his current roles, Dr. Afable served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian from August 2005 until the creation of SJHH in March 2013. Prior to joining Hoag, Dr. Afable was Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Catholic Health East, a 31-hospital, multi-state healthcare system on the east coast. Past assignments include President and CEO of Preferred Physician Partners and Vice President for Physician Integration at Catholic Healthcare Partners, both in Ohio. Previously, Afable was Associate Professor of Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina, and Clinical Assistant Professor at Northwestern School of Medicine in Chicago.


Recently, Dr. Afable was named the President and CEO of Concierge Key Health, a Newport Beach-based personal health membership company providing elite access to the best physician in Southern California. He has over 20 years of medical practice experience as a solo, group, and academic practitioner. Dr. Afable is board certified in Internal Medicine and has had added qualification in Geriatric Medicine. He received his BS degree from Loyola University in Chicago and MD from the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. He obtained a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Illinois and a certificate in business administration from Villanova University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Irvine Merage School of Business in Irvine, CA.