The Bush administration's director of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has resigned. Dr. Mark Dybul said goodbye to his staff on Jan. 22, a State Department official told

, a blog operated by Foreign Policy magazine.

"Eric Goosby is the rumored replacement," the department official told The Cable.

The Washington Blade reported that several reproductive rights and AIDS groups have pushed the incoming Obama team to appoint someone who was more likely to break with the controversial Bush administration policy to withhold PEPFAR dollars from international organizations that provide information on or perform abortions. Obama plans to sign an executive order shortly to end that ban, according to the Associated Press.

Goosby, a professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, has been CEO and chief medical officer of Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation since 2001. He has served as deputy director of the White House National AIDS Policy Office and director of the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS Policy under President Clinton.

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