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Charles W Acher, MD

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(608) 265-4420

MADISON, WI 53792-3284

Charles W Acher, MD

Division of Vascular Surgery


  • MD, Indiana University Medical School, Indianapolis, IN, 1973
  • Internship and Residency, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 1973-1978
  • Fellow, GI and Peripheral Vascular Surgery, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, England, 1978-1980
  • Instructor in Vascular Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 1981-1982
  • Peripheral Vascular Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1982-1983

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Acher is certified by the American Board of Surgery, with a certificate of additional qualifications 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.

Dr. Acher provides a wide range of services including Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair - Endovascular, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair - Open, Amputation, Angioplasty With Stent Placement, Carotid Endartecotomy, Carotid Stenting, Compartment Syndrome Treatments, Extended Efforts in Limb Salvage, Peripheral Artery Bypass, Thoracic Aortic Aneursym - Endovascular, Thoracic Aortic Aneursym - Open, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Treatment, and Varicose Vein Treatment.

Research Interests

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

Active Clinical Trials
  • An Evaluation of the GORE Conformable TAG® Thoracic Endoprosthesis for the Primary Treatment of Aneurysm of the Descending Thoracic Aortic
    Principal Investigator(s): Charles W Acher, MD
    Status: Active, not recruiting
    [ NCT00874250]
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  • Evaluation of the GORE® EXCLUDER® Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis for the Treatment of Common Iliac Artery Aneurysms or Aorto-iliac Aneurysms
    Principal Investigator(s): Charles W Acher, MD
    Status: Recruiting
    [ NCT01883999]
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Recent Publications
  • Postoperative renal failure in thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair with simple cross-clamp technique and 4°C renal perfusion.
    Wynn MM, Acher C, Marks E, Engelbert T, Acher CW
    J. Vasc. Surg. 2015 Mar; 61(3):611-22.
    [PubMed ID: 25720924]
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  • Complications of spinal fluid drainage in thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm surgery in 724 patients treated from 1987 to 2013.
    Wynn MM, Sebranek J, Marks E, Engelbert T, Acher CW
    J. Cardiothorac. Vasc. Anesth. 2015 Apr; 29(2):342-50.
    [PubMed ID: 25440632]
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  • Evolution in management of adolescent blunt aortic injuries--a single institution 22-y experience.
    Brinkman AS, Rogers AP, Acher CW, Wynn MM, Nichol PF, Ostlie DJ, Gosain A
    J. Surg. Res. 2015 Feb; 193(2):523-7.
    [PubMed ID: 25281286]
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  • A modern theory of spinal cord ischemia/injury in thoracoabdominal aortic surgery and its implications for prevention of paralysis.
    Wynn MM, Acher CW
    J. Cardiothorac. Vasc. Anesth. 2014 Aug; 28(4):1100-11.
    [PubMed ID: 25107722]
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  • Pulse wave velocity and cognitive function in older adults.
    Zhong W, Cruickshanks KJ, Schubert CR, Carlsson CM, Chappell RJ, Klein BE, Klein R, Acher CW
    Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord 2014 Jan-Mar; 28(1):44-9.
    [PubMed ID: 23632267, PMC ID: 3778043]
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  • Postdischarge outcomes after endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.
    Gupta PK, Engelbert TL, Ramanan B, Fang X, Yamanouchi D, Hoch JR, Acher CW
    J. Vasc. Surg. 2014 Apr; 59(4):903-8.
    [PubMed ID: 24360236]
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  • Reply: To PMID 23490292.
    Bobadilla JL, Wynn M, Tefera G, Acher CW
    J. Vasc. Surg. 2013 Sep; 58(3):858-9.
    [PubMed ID: 23972253]
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  • Low incidence of paraplegia after thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair with proactive spinal cord protective protocols.
    Bobadilla JL, Wynn M, Tefera G, Acher CW
    J. Vasc. Surg. 2013 Jun; 57(6):1537-42.
    [PubMed ID: 23490292]
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  • Carotid atherosclerosis and 10-year changes in cognitive function.
    Zhong W, Cruickshanks KJ, Schubert CR, Acher CW, Carlsson CM, Klein BE, Klein R, Chappell RJ
    Atherosclerosis 2012 Oct; 224(2):506-10.
    [PubMed ID: 22854188, PMC ID: 3459157]
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  • Infection control knowledge, attitudes, and practices among healthcare workers at Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda.
    Sethi AK, Acher CW, Kirenga B, Mead S, Donskey CJ, Katamba A
    Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2012 Sep; 33(9):917-23.
    [PubMed ID: 22869266]
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