AID Atlanta leader quits after a year as CEO

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A year after Jose Diaz was picked during a national search to lead a transformation of AID Atlanta, the gay doctor abruptly resigned over health reasons. 

AID Atlanta announced his resignation in a brief statement on Friday:

The Board of Directors of AID Atlanta announces the resignation of CEO, Dr. Jose Diaz, who is stepping down for health reasons.  He served the organization for one year during its massive transformation to become the region’s first AIDS service organization to expand into primary care, and one of the first to adopt an integrated health and behavioral health setting.  

Healthcare executive James Hughey will replace Diaz as interim CEO on Feb. 23. Hughey has been an executive with Humana, Tenet and San Mateo Health Systems, according to AID Atlanta.

Diaz (photo) led an organization that raised nearly $1 million during its AIDS Walk Atlanta last October and oversaw the revamp of its popular Atlanta Cotillion fundraiser that took place in June. He also ran AID Atlanta during an expansion and renovation. 

Diaz was hired in January 2014 after a national search that included 130 candidates.

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