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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

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair


Aortic Aneursym

Aortic Aneurysm

Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Arteriorvenous Fistula

Brachiocephalic Artery Disease

Carotid Artery Surgery

Carotid Disease


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 Preservation

Limb Salvage

Limb Salvage Surgery

Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery

Mesenteric Artery Disease

Minimal Incision Phlebectomy

Minimally Invasive Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Minimally Invasive Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Bypass Surgery

Radiofrequency Ablation for Vein Conditions

Renal Artery Disease

Sclerotherapy for Veins



Subclavian Artery Disease

Subclavian Vein Occlusion

Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm

Treatment for Spider Veins or Varicose Veins

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Venous Disease


Richland Hospital Clinic
(608) 263-8915 | | Map
UW Health Specialty Clinic - Sauk Prairie
(608) 643-6060 | | Map
West Clinic
(608) 263-8915 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Vascular Surgery

GI and Peripheral Vascular Surgery, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, England, 1978-1980; Peripheral Vascular,  Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, 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

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

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
Liang TW Wang SK Dimusto PD McAninch CM Acher CW Timsina LR Dalsing MC Motaganahalli RL Association Between Body Mass Index and Perioperative Mortality After Repair of Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. Vasc Endovascular Surg . 2020 Oct;54(7):573-578
[PubMed ID: 32643559]
Leung AD Bartline PB Acher CW Yamanouchi D Spinal Cord Ischemia Rescue after Hybrid Total Arch Repair with Frozen Elephant Trunk: A Case Report. Ann Vasc Surg . 2020 Jul;66:669.e5-669.e9
[PubMed ID: 32032702]
Acher C Acher CW Castello Ramirez MC Wynn M Operative Mortality and Morbidity in Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms in the Endovascular Age. Ann Vasc Surg . 2020 Jul;66:70-76
[PubMed ID: 31676380]
Acher C Acher CW Havlena J Wynn M Advances in Treatment and Long-term Survival in Patients with Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms Treated at a Single Tertiary Center from 1984 to 2014. Ann Vasc Surg . 2019 Jul;58:190-197
[PubMed ID: 30731225]
Tang PC DiMusto PD De Oliveira NC Rademacher BL Philip JL Akhter SA Acher CW Natural history of the proximal aorta in patients with descending thoracic aortic disease. J Vasc Surg . 2018 Jun;67(6):1659-1663
[PubMed ID: 29276106]
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]