Buhac, Ivo MD CLIFTON PARK Ivo Buhac, MD died Monday, July 15, 2013 at home, surrounded by his loving family. He had been suffering from multiple myeloma. Born September, 1926 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, he was the son of the late Ivo and Blazenka Dulcic Buhac. Dr. Buhac came of age in the shadow of the physical and societal destruction of World War II, and received his medical degree in Croatia in 1952. Dr. Buhac later earned his Ph.D. from the University of Erlangen, Germany. In 1968, Dr. Buhac and his family emigrated to the United States, in search of a better future. After repeating much of his graduate work in order to become licensed in the US and learning English, he joined the staff of the Gastroenterology Department of the Veterans Hospital in 1970. He achieved the title of full professor at Albany Medical College, where he was involved in research in liver cirrhosis and the mechanisms of the development of ascites. Dr. Buhac introduced major endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures in the field of Gastroenterology at these Albany institutions. An important part of his legacy is his role in the education of numerous physicians. Ivo particularly treasured teaching medical students, residents, and fellows and the lifelong relationships that resulted. He treasured his patients and the ancillary staff that he worked with on a daily basis. Dr. Buhac also held positions in his specialty from 1988 to 2004 in Worcester, Mass., Putnam, Conn., Schenectady and Saratoga Springs. Ivo lived a full and long life. He enjoyed his many far flung friends and family across the world, and loved to entertain guests in his home. He loved the arts, especially classical music and ballet, and visiting SPAC, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center. He was a frequent visitor at the Clark and the Met. No day was complete without his New York Times. He and Susanne traveled to many places in the world, but he emphasized that "the Capital Region was the best place to live." He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susanne Rossband Buhac; his son, John Buhac, MD (Jean Buhac, MD); and beloved grandchildren, Max and Nicole, who he has happily driven to countless activities since retiring. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 19, 2013 at 6 p.m. in McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street, Albany. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend, and may also call Friday after 5 p.m. in the funeral home. Those wishing to remember Dr. Buhac in a special way may send a contribution to The Community Hospice, 17 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Many thanks to these wonderful people who made it possible for Ivo to remain comfortable in his beloved home.
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Published in Albany Times Union from July 17 to July 18, 2013