Thursday, Jul 2, 2015
Alfonso (Al) Diaz, Jr, MD, FACC, respected cardiologist and community medical leader for more than two decades, announced today that he will retire as Harbin Clinic's Chief Medical Officer in September 2015. With Harbin Clinic since 1991, this respected community leader has served in important roles with most of the medical entities in Rome, including Harbin Clinic, Floyd Medical Center, and Redmond Regional Medical Center.
“Dr. Diaz has been such a vital part of Harbin Clinic,” said CEO Dr. Ken Davis. “We have benefitted immensely from his leadership of our physicians, his management of important initiatives like quality assurance, his wise and reflective counsel in the face of difficult issues facing the medical community today, and his ability to see the best in any situation. While we will miss his daily presence, we know that he is committed to helping the medical community in this region thrive and grow.”
“I can’t truly express the fulfillment I’ve found at Harbin Clinic,” said Dr. Diaz. “To help patients, to support physicians – these are my calling. Knowing this medical community, and having the privilege to serve Harbin, Redmond and Floyd – I feel I’ve been able to contribute to medical care here on many important levels. And while I’ve retired from Harbin, I know that there is still more I can give to the people of Northwest Georgia. I intend to serve in any capacity that can care for patients and help my fellow physicians excel.”
About Dr. Alfonso Diaz
Dr. Diaz joined Harbin Clinic in 1991 as a cardiologist. In 1996, he added chief medical officer to his responsibilities, overseeing clinical and risk management for what has grown into 240 providers practicing in 37 specialties.
Dr. Diaz played an instrumental role in setting up the Echocardiology program at Harbin Clinic, Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center. In addition, he served as physician liaison at Redmond. At Harbin, Dr. Diaz has made his mark as a medical leader who cares for quality of care and patient safety.
Along with his mentor, Dr. Tony E. Warren, he developed and helmed Harbin’s quality assurance committee and risk management function. “Tony Warren cared for all patients, especially those that were fragile and at-risk, and he showed immense compassion to their families. I learned so much from him, and from the other leaders at Harbin Clinic,” said Dr. Diaz. “I will always honor my time at Harbin Clinic and the relationships developed there.”
Prior to moving to Rome to join Harbin Clinic, Dr. Diaz was a senior member of a single-specialty group, Cardiology Diagnostic Associates in Miami. He received his medical doctorate from University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, and completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Diaz is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, and a member of the American College of Physician Executives.