University of Wisconsin–Madison

Charles W Acher, MD


  • Division of Vascular Surgery
(608) 265-4420

600 Highland Avenue
Box 7375 Clinical Science Center
Madison, WI 53792-3284


  • 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.

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.

Recent Publications

    • Advances in Treatment and Long-term Survival in Patients with Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms Treated at a Single Tertiary Center from 1984 to 2014.
    • Acher C, Acher CW, Havlena J, Wynn M
    • Ann Vasc Surg 2019 Jul; 58: 190-197
    • [PubMed ID: 30731225]
    • Natural history of the proximal aorta in patients with descending thoracic aortic disease.
    • Tang PC, DiMusto PD, De Oliveira NC, Rademacher BL, Philip JL, Akhter SA, Acher CW
    • J. Vasc. Surg. 2018 06; 67(6): 1659-1663
    • [PubMed ID: 29276106]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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 06; 63(6): 1458-65
    • [PubMed ID: 26968081]

All Publications on PubMed