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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

Recent Publications
  • Parental and Volunteer Perception of Pyloromyotomy Scars: Comparing Laparoscopic, Open, and Nonsurgical Volunteers.
    St Peter SD, Acher CW, Shah SR, Sharp SW, Ostlie DJ
    J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 2016 Apr; 26(4):305-8.
    [PubMed ID: 26982115]
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  • The effect of intercostal artery reimplantation on spinal cord injury in thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm surgery.
    Wynn M, Acher C, Marks E, Acher CW
    J. Vasc. Surg. 2016 Aug; 64(2):289-296.
    [PubMed ID: 26994955]
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  • Intraoperative neuroprotective interventions prevent spinal cord ischemia and injury in thoracic endovascular aortic repair.
    Acher C, Acher CW, Marks E, Wynn M
    J. Vasc. Surg. 2016 Jun; 63(6):1458-65.
    [PubMed ID: 26968081]
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  • Long-Term Outcomes of Patients with Tracheoesophageal Fistula/Esophageal Atresia: Survey Results from Tracheoesophageal Fistula/Esophageal Atresia Online Communities.
    Acher CW, Ostlie DJ, Leys CM, Struckmeyer S, Parker M, Nichol PF
    Eur J Pediatr Surg 2015 Dec 21.
    [PubMed ID: 26692337]
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  • 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):1088-99.
    [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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