Charles Eichler, MD

Vascular surgeon

Charles M. Eichler is a specialist in both open and endovascular surgery. He has devoted his career to the performance of complex operations involving all aspects of arterial circulation, including surgery of the aorta, carotid arteries and the lower extremities. He has extensive experience in lower extremity reconstruction for both claudication (impaired gait) and limb-threatening ischemia (limited oxygen flow to the heart). As a recognized local expert in hemodialysis access surgery, Eichler is a strong proponent of a "fistula first" philosophy.

Eichler earned his medical degree from St. Louis University in 1978 and completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Mount Zion between 1978 and 1983. He was a Thomas Fogarty Associates fellow in peripheral vascular surgery from 1983 to 1984. He completed a fellowship in endovascular surgery at Texas Tech University in 2005. Eichler is a clinical professor of surgery at UCSF.


Center for Limb Preservation
400 Parnassus Ave., Room A-501
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2357
Fax: (415) 353-2669

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
400 Parnassus Ave., Suite 501
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2357
Fax: (415) 353-2669

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Academic Title


More about Charles Eichler


St. Louis University School of Medicine 1978


Mount Zion Hospital, General Surgery 1983


Sequoia Hospital, Vascular Surgery 1984

Selected Research and Publications

  1. O'Banion LA, Wu B, Eichler CM, Reilly LM, Conte MS, Hiramoto JS. Cryopreserved saphenous vein as a last-ditch conduit for limb salvage. J Vasc Surg. 2017 Sep; 66(3):844-849.
  2. O'Banion LA, Wu B, Eichler CM, Reilly LM, Conte MS, Hiramoto JS. Cryopreserved Saphenous Vein: Last-Ditch Conduit for Limb Salvage? J Vasc Surg. 2016 Aug; 64(2):546.
  3. Han SM, Wu B, Eichler CM, Reilly LM, Vartanian SM, Conte MS, Hiramoto J. Risk Factors for 30-Day Hospital Readmission in Patients Undergoing Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease. Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2015 Apr-May; 49(3-4):69-74.
  4. Eichler C, Najafpour M, Sauerwald A, Puppe J, Warm M. Platelet-rich plasma in the treatment of subcutaneous venous access device scars: a head-to-head patient survey. Biomed Res Int. 2015; 2015:630601.
  5. Vartanian SM, Robinson KD, Ofili K, Eichler CM, Hiramoto JS, Reyzelman AM, Conte MS. Outcomes of neuroischemic wounds treated by a multidisciplinary amputation prevention service. Ann Vasc Surg. 2015 Apr; 29(3):534-42.
  6. Wayne Causey M, Eichler C. Infrainguinal bypass for critical limb ischemia: tips and tricks. Semin Vasc Surg. 2014 Mar; 27(1):59-67.
  7. Vartanian SM, Johnston PC, Walker JP, Runge SJ, Eichler CM, Reilly LM, Hiramoto JS, Conte MS. Clinical consequence of bare metal stent and stent graft failure in femoropopliteal occlusive disease. J Vasc Surg. 2013 Dec; 58(6):1525-31.
  8. Saxon RR, Chervu A, Jones PA, Bajwa TK, Gable DR, Soukas PA, Begg RJ, Adams JG, Ansel GM, Schneider DB, Eichler CM, Rush MJ. Heparin-bonded, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene-lined stent graft in the treatment of femoropopliteal artery disease: 1-year results of the VIPER (Viabahn Endoprosthesis with Heparin Bioactive Surface in the Treatment of Superficial Femoral Artery Obstructive Disease) trial. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2013 Feb; 24(2):165-73; quiz 174.
  9. Johnston PC, Vartanian SM, Runge SJ, Hiramoto JS, Eichler CM, Owens CD, Schneider DB, Conte MS. Risk factors for clinical failure after stent graft treatment for femoropopliteal occlusive disease. J Vasc Surg. 2012 Oct; 56(4):998-1006, 1007.e1; discussion 1006-7.
  10. Jayaraman S, Richardson D, Conrad M, Eichler C, Schecter W. Mycotic pseudoaneurysms due to injection drug use: a ten-year experience. Ann Vasc Surg. 2012 Aug; 26(6):819-24.
  11. Tseng WW, Wang SC, Eichler CM, Warren RS, Nakakura EK. Complete and safe resection of challenging retroperitoneal tumors: anticipation of multi-organ and major vascular resection and use of adjunct procedures. World J Surg Oncol. 2011 Nov 04; 9:143.
  12. Sivamurthy N, Eichler C, Schneider DB. Endovascular exclusion of subclavian artery pseudoaneurysm. Vascular. 2006 Jul-Aug; 14(4):231-5.
  13. Schneider DB, Dimuzio PJ, Martin ND, Gordon RL, Wilson MW, Laberge JM, Kerlan RK, Eichler CM, Messina LM. Combination treatment of venous thoracic outlet syndrome: open surgical decompression and intraoperative angioplasty. J Vasc Surg. 2004 Oct; 40(4):599-603.
  14. Schneider DB, Curry TK, Eichler CM, Messina LM, Gordon RL, Kerlan RK. Percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy for the management of venous thoracic outlet syndrome. J Endovasc Ther. 2003 Apr; 10(2):336-40.

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