Peter Pytel, MD

Pathology, Neuro-Oncology (Brain & Spinal Tumors) | More

Professor of Pathology

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A neuropathologist, Peter Pytel, MD, specializes in the examination of tissues from the nervous system and skeletal muscle. He examines surgical specimens — and in some cases autopsy material —which can be a critical step in the diagnosis of brain tumors, neuropathies, muscular dystrophies, inflammatory myopathies and other diseases. Dr. Pytel is a member of the multidisciplinary physician teams in the Brain Tumor Center and the Pediatric Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Center.

Dr. Pytel’s research is focused on neuromuscular diseases. In collaboration with other researchers, he conducts studies of muscular dystrophies. A growing list of inherited skeletal muscle diseases is reflective of the many unique developmental and functional properties of skeletal muscle tissue. By gaining a better understanding of these processes, medical researchers aim to discover and improve treatment strategies for these diseases.

Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • Philipps University of Marburg, Germany


  • University of Chicago Medicine


  • University of Chicago Medicine


  • University of Chicago Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Association of Neuropathologists
  • Brain Research Institute
  • College of American Pathologists
  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare*
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1999

Board Certifications

  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Neuropathology

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German