Dr. Thomas Wascher, MD

Dr. Thomas Wascher, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 58
Dr. Thomas Wascher, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Appleton, WI and has been practicing for 26 years. He graduated from Loyola University Of Chicago / Stritch School Of Medicine in 1985 and specializes in neurosurgery, cerebrovascular neurosurgery, and more.Read his story

5320 W Michaels Dr

Appleton, WI 54913

Contact Information

(920) 882-0818

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Choice
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Broken Neck
more than 88% of peers
Traumatic Brain Injury
more than 88% of peers
Cranial Trauma
more than 82% of peers

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Dr. Wascher's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Wascher "Dr. Wascher is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon specializing in the care and management of patients with brain tumors, vascular diseases of the brain, and conditions involving the cervical spine and base of the skull. His training and 23 years of experience in the neurosurgical field give him the training and expertise necessary to manage even the most complex neurosurgical conditions involving the brain and cervical spine. Dr. Wascher has the distinction of graduating #1 in his high school, college and medical school classes. After completing medical school, residency, and the rigorous training of a neurosurgical fellowship, he opened his neurosurgical practice in 1992. He has since performed over 1,800 cervical fusions and 500 brain tumor surgeries. He was responsible for introducing stereotactic radiosurgery—a form of surgery that doesn't use a scalpel—to Appleton, Wisconsin. Dr. Wascher continues to apply his surgical expertise to the treatment of brain tumors, vascular brain disorders, and conditions involving the cervical spinal cord to help patients achieve a better quality of life. He prides himself on educating patients and involving them and their families in the decision-making process. He treats his patients as individuals, giving them the respect and compassion they deserve. Dr. Wascher's surgical results speak for themselves. Over the years, he has diligently collected and documented the outcome of the surgeries he has performed and makes this information publicly available. His complication rate of less than 1% for cervical fusion surgeries is well below the national average, and his survival rate for brain tumor surgery is three times higher than the national average. Because of this exemplary record, patients travel from other states and around the world to benefit from his expertise and experience. Dr. Wascher has been recognized in the Guide to America's Top Surgeons since 2007 and the Best Doctors in America since 2000. He has received more than 30 awards for social and academic excellence and has authored multiple books and articles in the field of neurosurgery. He maintains an active affiliation with Fox Valley Brain Tumor Coalition and the Fox Valley Brain Tumor Support Group. Dr. Wascher combines his years of neurosurgical experience with a strong dedication to the surgical profession for the benefit of his patients. This dedication shines through in his commitment to providing his patients with the best possible neurosurgical care."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Wascher "We practice with a simple rule to guide us: treat every patient like family. We want to care for you as we would expect our own loved ones to be cared for. "

4  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
  • Critical Care Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Skull Base Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

86  Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Neck
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Astrocytoma
  • Benign Astrocytoma
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brainstem Glioma
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cavernous Malformation of Spine
  • Cerebellar Astrocytoma
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Astrocytoma
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Cervical Sprain
  • Chordoma
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Congenital Aneurysms of the Great Vessels
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Fracture
  • Glioma
  • Gliomatosis Cerebri
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma
  • Kyphosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Malignant Astrocytoma
  • Malignant Glioma
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Bone Trauma
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Mass
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Tumor
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiation-Induced Meningioma
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma


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52  Procedures


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Eastern Illinois University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1981
  • Loyola University Of Chicago / Stritch School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • Loyola U-Foster G McGaw Hosp
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Loyola U-Foster G McGaw Hosp
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Barrow Neur Inst-St Joseph's Hosp
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1992

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Wascher has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Wascher's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Wascher to family and friends
417 total reviews (164 have comments)

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Dr. Wascher's Performance

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  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


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Dr. Wascher Says:

I have always believed that each of us is born with certain God-given talents and abilities and that it is up to each of us to develop those talents and abilities throughout our lives to be of service to all those with whom we contact.  In this fashion, we can improve the lives of those around us.  I have been fortunate to have found my talent for neurosurgery and blessed throughout my life with people and patients who have


Patient Comments (164)

I had suffered with migraines for over 20 years, with Dr. Waschers help I am now pain free! I never imagined a life without pain, just amazing!
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Dr Wascher is such great doctor. He and his team really care you as family, without his help i would have to wait at least 3 month to have my situation taken care. His team made effort and took care me right away. I really appreciated.
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Dr. Wascher and his assistant Dave are fantastic. They listen to you and answer your questions so you can understand. His staff is very helpful and nice. If you call them with questions they will call you back the same day. I felt very comfortable with him to do my acdf. He called me at home...more
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I would highly recommend Dr. Wascher & his staff. They are compassionate & knowledgeable. They thoroughly explained everything that would happen during back surgery & after during the recovery process. I am extremely thankful to "get my life back."
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Great doctor, and his assistant, Dave, Very caring about each patient. I had excellent care. If I could have given 10 stars if offered I would have.
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