MA PGCAP FRCS (Urol) PhD
Consultant Urological Surgeon
Mr Acher is based in Essex and is a Consultant at the NHS Southend University Hospital, where he practices General Urology, with special interests in urinary stone disease, problems with urinary flow and urological cancers.
Mr Acher qualified as a doctor in 1999 and in 2011 was appointed Consultant Urological Surgeon at Southend University Hospital, following comprehensive training on the London Specialist Registrar rotation. Prior to this, he studied at Cambridge University, achieving a PhD in Prostate Cancer Brachytherapy and, in 2010, received a commendation at the prestigious Royal Society of Medicine Young Trainee of the Year Awards.
Mr Acher has particular expertise in the diagnosis and minimally invasive management of localised prostate cancer, including HDR and LDR Brachytheraphy. He has developed a state-of-the-art prostate cancer diagnostic service with MRI and Transperineal Prostate Biopsy, which attracts referrals from outside the region.
Currently the lead for audit within the Urology Department at Southend University Hospital and Cancer Lead for the South East Essex Urology multi-disciplinary team, Mr Acher has shown a strong commitment to teaching by attaining a formal qualification, the Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice, and he plans to remain involved with education in the future.
He has also written a PhD thesis entitled ’The Dosimetric Evaluation of Permanent Prostate Brachytherapy Implants‘, awarded by King’s College School of Medicine, London. Mr Acher has been published in a variety of journals, presents work at scientific meetings and regularly writes reviews for several journals. Mr Acher investigates and manages the following:
o General Urology
o Difficulty passing urine (laser surgery for benign prostate disease, urethral strictures)
o Raised PSA/Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and MRI Targeted Transperineal Prostate Biopsy, active surveillance, Brachytherapy
o Holmuim Laser Enuleation of the prostate
o Kidney stone disease
o Endourological Stone Management, including Ureteroscopy
o Circumcision (including local anaesthetic)
o Scrotal conditions eg. hydrocele repair, Vasectomy, epididymal cyst removal
o Prostate Brachytherapy when facilities allow.