Peter Pytel, MD

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

Professor of Pathology

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.

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


  • 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 HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1999

Board Certifications

  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Neuropathology

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German