Closing Plenary 

Sunday October 1, 2023   |   9:35 – 10:35 am     

The Past, Present, and Future of Healthcare:  The Evolving Role of the Family Medicine Physician

Presented by José R. Sánchez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Humboldt Park Health (HPH)


Understanding the Historical Evolution: Together, we will review the historical context of family medicine, its origins and development over time, and explore how societal shifts and healthcare reforms have shaped the role of family medicine practitioners.

 Analyze the Current Landscape: we will consider the current state of healthcare and family medicine, addressing factors such as patient demographics, technological advancements, interdisciplinary collaboration, and policy changes that impact the role and responsibilities of family medicine practitioners today.

 Explore Future Trends: Delve into emerging trends and innovations that are expected to influence the future of healthcare and the role of family medicine practitioners. We will consider the rise of telemedicine, genomics, personalized medicine, and population health management.



José R. Sánchez, President and Chief Executive Officer of HUMBOLDT PARK HEALTH (HPH), is a senior health care executive with over 40 years of experience in operational, strategic and fiscal management of multi-faceted healthcare systems. Under his leadership, HPH has maintained financial stability and growth throughout his tenure. Besides consistently exceeding benchmarks in quality, safety, and patient satisfaction, Mr. Sánchez successfully orchestrated the hospital’s preparation for its accreditation survey by The Joint Commission three times. Moreover, the hospital was surveyed and successfully  accredited  by  DNV•GL Healthcare  in  2019  and  2020.   A  major

$7M renovation of the hospital was also completed in June 2020, which offers patients, visitors, and employees a more vibrant and welcoming experience. Most recently, the hospital completed a major re-branding initiative in January 2021. Renaming the hospital, HUMBOLDT PARK HEALTH, to reflect the diverse and inclusive community it serves along with the tagline, "Advancing Health Equity" to emphasize the importance of this objective and HPH's renewed commitment to ensuring all members of the community have fair and just opportunities to be as healthy as possible, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or zip code.

In 2019, Mr. Sánchez was conferred his second Honorary Doctorate degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine for his contributions to medicine, education, and public health. In 2002, he was conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in recognition of his immeasurable accomplishments and steadfast commitment to improving the healthcare outcomes for some of the poorest and most disadvantaged populations in New York City.

Mr. Sánchez also proudly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the City College of New York and a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University.