St. Joe’s has new chief of medical affairs

Physician Cristian Andrade has been appointed St. Joseph’s Health’s new vice president of medical affairs (VPMA). In this role, he will oversee medical staff and leadership obligations to each other and responsibilities to patients, ensuring the highest levels of quality care.

He will also support St. Joseph’s culture of close and mutually beneficial relationships between the medical staff and leadership.

Andrade has been with St. Joseph’s for 16 years. Family medicine-trained, he joined St. Joseph’s as a resident in 2003 and he has served as a St. Joseph’s hospitalist since 2006. During that time, Andrade has assumed progressive administrative responsibilities, most recently as the regional medical director and chief of hospitalist services. In 2019, he completed the advanced executive leadership for physicians training at Cornell University.

As VPMA, Andrade will provide administrative oversight for multiple programs and areas, including medical staff governance, utilization review and the hospitalist service. He will also focus on improving length of stay, a priority strategic aim for St. Joseph’s Health and Trinity Health, and will be instrumental in strategic planning for long-term success.