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Peter Karachunski, M.D.

Peter Karachunski, M.D., is a visiting pediatric neurologist at Shriners Children's Twin Cities, and is board certified in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology and in neuromuscular medicine.

He received an undergraduate degree from the Russian State Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Karachunski completed a residency in pediatrics and pediatric neurology at University of Minnesota Medical School. He also completed a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Dr. Karachunski is currently an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota and a director of an MDA-certified Care Center for patients with various neuromuscular disorders. In addition, he is director of neuromuscular pathology laboratory specializing in muscle and nerve biopsies.

Areas of special interest to Dr. Karachunski are diagnostics and management of different muscular dystrophies, spinal muscular atrophy, myasthenia gravis and neuropathies. He is involved in clinical research where he is an investigator in several clinical trials for treatment of muscular dystrophies.


  • Medical Degree, Russian State Medical University, Moscow, Russia
  • Residency, 1st Children’s Hospital, Moscow, Russia
  • Residency, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Residency, Pediatric Neurology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Fellowship, Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minn.