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. Safaee MM, Zarkowsky D, Eichler CM, Pekmezci M, Clark AJ. Management of aortic injury during minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion. Eur Spine J. 2018 May 07.
  2. Wang S, Zarkowsky DS, Eichler CM. Progression in a Patient With Previously Treated Atherosclerotic Disease. JAMA Surg. 2018 Feb 21.
  3. 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.

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