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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Charles Acher is certified by the American Board of Surgery, with Board Certification in vascular surgery. His clinical interests include prevention of ischemic spinal cord injury in repair of thoraco-abdominal aneurysms (TAA), renal and visceral arterial occlusive disease, minimally invasive endovascular surgery, treatment of cerebral vascular occlusive disease for stroke prevention (carotid and subclavian revascularization), and limb salvage in severe vascular disease.


Vascular Surgery

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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Vascular Surgery

GI and Peripheral Vascular Surgery Fellowship, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, England, 1978-1980; Peripheral Vascular Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1982-1983

Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Internship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 1973


Madison Magazine Top Docs 2016

Best Doctors® in America 2015

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Carotid Artery Surgery
  • Dialysis Access Surgery
  • Endovascular Graft Repair for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Endovascular Graft Repair for Aortic Aneurysm
  • Endovascular Graft Repair for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Endovascular Graft Repair for Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm
  • Limb Salvage Surgery
  • Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery
  • Minimal Incision Phlebectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Peripheral Bypass Surgery
  • Radiofrequency Ablation for Vein Conditions
  • Sclerotherapy for Veins
  • Treatment for Spider Veins or Varicose Veins

Dr. Acher’s current research activities include participation in a VA cooperative study on aneurysm detection and management, research in treatment of thoracoabdominal aneurysm, prevention of paraplegia in thoracic aneurysm surgery endovascular thoracic aneurysm repair, including a trial on open vs. endovascular aneurysm repair.

PubMed Articles
Acher CW Ostlie DJ Leys CM Struckmeyer S Parker M Nichol PF . Long-Term Outcomes of Patients with Tracheoesophageal Fistula/Esophageal Atresia: Survey Results from Tracheoesophageal Fistula/Esophageal Atresia Online Communities. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Dec;26(6):476-480
[PubMed ID: 26692337]
Wynn M Acher C Marks E Acher CW . The effect of intercostal artery reimplantation on spinal cord injury in thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm surgery. J Vasc Surg. 2016 Aug;64(2):289-296
[PubMed ID: 26994955]
Acher C Acher CW Marks E Wynn M . Intraoperative neuroprotective interventions prevent spinal cord ischemia and injury in thoracic endovascular aortic repair. J Vasc Surg. 2016 Jun;63(6):1458-65
[PubMed ID: 26968081]
St Peter SD Acher CW Shah SR Sharp SW Ostlie DJ . Parental and Volunteer Perception of Pyloromyotomy Scars: Comparing Laparoscopic, Open, and Nonsurgical Volunteers. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2016 Apr;26(4):305-8
[PubMed ID: 26982115]
Wynn MM Sebranek J Marks E Engelbert T Acher CW . Complications of spinal fluid drainage in thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm surgery in 724 patients treated from 1987 to 2013. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2015 Apr;29(2):342-50
[PubMed ID: 25440632]
Wynn MM Acher C Marks E Engelbert T Acher CW . Postoperative renal failure in thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair with simple cross-clamp technique and 4°C renal perfusion. J Vasc Surg. 2015 Mar;61(3):611-22
[PubMed ID: 25720924]
Brinkman AS Rogers AP Acher CW Wynn MM Nichol PF Ostlie DJ Gosain A . Evolution in management of adolescent blunt aortic injuries--a single institution 22-y experience. J Surg Res. 2015 Feb;193(2):523-7
[PubMed ID: 25281286]
Wynn MM Acher CW . A modern theory of spinal cord ischemia/injury in thoracoabdominal aortic surgery and its implications for prevention of paralysis. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2014 Aug;28(4):1088-99
[PubMed ID: 25107722]
Gupta PK Engelbert TL Ramanan B Fang X Yamanouchi D Hoch JR Acher CW . Postdischarge outcomes after endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Apr;59(4):903-8
[PubMed ID: 24360236]
Zhong W Cruickshanks KJ Schubert CR Carlsson CM Chappell RJ Klein BE Klein R Acher CW . Pulse wave velocity and cognitive function in older adults. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2014 Jan-Mar;28(1):44-9
[PubMed ID: 23632267]
Bobadilla JL Wynn M Tefera G Acher CW . Reply: To PMID 23490292. J Vasc Surg. 2013 Sep;58(3):858-9
[PubMed ID: 23972253]
Bobadilla JL Wynn M Tefera G Acher CW . Low incidence of paraplegia after thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair with proactive spinal cord protective protocols. J Vasc Surg. 2013 Jun;57(6):1537-42
[PubMed ID: 23490292]
Zhong W Cruickshanks KJ Schubert CR Acher CW Carlsson CM Klein BE Klein R Chappell RJ . Carotid atherosclerosis and 10-year changes in cognitive function. Atherosclerosis. 2012 Oct;224(2):506-10
[PubMed ID: 22854188]
Acher C Wynn M . Paraplegia after thoracoabdominal aortic surgery: not just assisted circulation, hypothermic arrest, clamp and sew, or TEVAR. Ann Cardiothorac Surg. 2012 Sep;1(3):365-72
[PubMed ID: 23977522]
Sethi AK Acher CW Kirenga B Mead S Donskey CJ Katamba A . Infection control knowledge, attitudes, and practices among healthcare workers at Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2012 Sep;33(9):917-23
[PubMed ID: 22869266]
Nash SD Cruickshanks KJ Klein R Klein BE Nieto FJ Ryff CD Krantz EM Shubert CR Nondahl DM Acher CW . Socioeconomic status and subclinical atherosclerosis in older adults. Prev Med. 2011 Mar-Apr;52(3-4):208-12
[PubMed ID: 21195728]
Acher C . It is not just assisted circulation, hypothermic arrest, or clamp and sew. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Dec;140(6 Suppl):S136-41; discussion S142-S146
[PubMed ID: 21092780]
Mell MW O'Neil AS Callcut RA Acher CW Hoch JR Tefera G Turnipseed WD . Effect of early plasma transfusion on mortality in patients with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Surgery. 2010 Nov;148(5):955-62
[PubMed ID: 20378142]
Acher C Wynn M . Outcomes in open repair of the thoracic and thoracoabdominal aorta. J Vasc Surg. 2010 Oct;52(4 Suppl):3S-9S
[PubMed ID: 20709481]
Bley TA Duffek CC François CJ Schiebler ML Acher CW Mell M Grist TM Reeder SB . Presurgical localization of the artery of Adamkiewicz with time-resolved 3.0-T MR angiography. Radiology. 2010 Jun;255(3):873-81
[PubMed ID: 20501724]