Renan P. Uflacker, M.D.,
62, professor of medicine and director of the Division of Vascular and
Interventional Radiology, died on June 12.
physician, teacher and researcher, Uflacker practiced vascular and
interventional radiology medicine for 34 years. He was born in Porto
Alegre, Brazil, in 1949 and finished medical school and his residency
at the University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and completed his
fellowship training in interventional radiology in Oslo, Norway and
He did extensive work in
peripheral vascular diseases and gastrointestinal diseases before
completing his Master of Science degree in medicine-gastroenterology.He
joined MUSC as a vascular radiologist and director of Vascular and
Interventional Radiology in 1993, transforming the division into a
major national center for interventional radiology. Uflacker did
pioneering work in the areas of liver disease, portal hypertension,
peripheral vascular disease, aneurysms and interventional oncology. In
research, he was the owner of multiple patents for innovative medical
Department of Radiology
chair Phillip Costello, M.D., commended Uflacker for his leadership and
vision in the field of vascular and interventional radiology as an
essential component of modern medical care. Costello also praised his
colleague for his passion for medicine, work ethic and intellect.
"Dr. Uflacker was a lot
more to those who worked most closely with him, he also was a friend,"
Interventional radiologist Bayne Selby, M.D., added, "In academic
medicine we often categorize our associates by their scientific and
medical achievements and the weight of their CV, but the true measure
of a man is found elsewhere. Renan was a loving husband and father to
one of the nicest families you could ever hope to meet. Our thoughts
and prayers are with them."
Uflacker was a
long-standing member of the Radiological Society of North America, the
Society of Interventional Radiology and a fellow of the Cardiovascular
and Interventional Radiology of Europe. He was an active speaker and
lecturer at national and international meetings and conferences. He
wrote and co-authored multiple textbooks, contributed chapters to books
and wrote more than 100 articles for scientific journals.
He is survived by his
wife, Dr. Helena Becker Uflacker; son and his wife, Dr. Andre and Curry
H. Uflacker; and daughter and her husband, Dr. Alice Uflacker and
Bryant Mesereau and other family.
In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to Hospice of Charleston Foundation, 676 Wando
Blvd., Mount Pleasant, S.C., 29464 or Lutheran Hospice, 1885 Rifle
Range Road, Mount Pleasant, S.C., 29464.