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Paul C. Peterson, MD

  • About
    • Specialties: Interventional Neurology
    • Gender: Male
    • Languages: English

    What I Do
    My philosophy of care is to compassionately guide my patients in navigating through their illness, provide education on their diagnosis, treatment options, and prognosis. My goal is to provide objective coaching on how they may achieve the most optimal outcome for their illness.

    My special clinical interests include brain aneurysm evaluation and endovascular treatment, brain arteriovenous malformation evaluation and treatment, diagnostic cerebral angiography, vascular neurology/stroke including endovascular treatment, carotid artery disease and stenting, and the interface between sleep medicine and vascular neurology.

    Why I Love My Work
    I developed a love for medicine at a young age from my exposure to medicine and human anatomy from my mother who was a nurse and my father who was a biology teacher. I chose to pursue emergency medicine and later neurology to bridge the gap in the care of emergency neurological vascular diseases.

    My favorite part about my job is helping patients maximize their quality of life in the setting of significant neurological illnesses. I enjoy solving problems, using advanced technology, and the variability in the day-to-day practice of medicine.

    Getting to Know Me
    Outside of work, I enjoy photography, including infrared, high dynamic range, and drone photography, oil painting, boating, viticulture and enology, and offshore fishing.

    I completed medical school on an Air Force Health Professions scholarship and completed eight years of service with the United States Air Force. I was honorably discharged with the rank of Major in 2003.

    • Fellowship
      CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital, Endovascular Surgical Neurology Duke University Medical Center, Electroencephalography and Sleep Medicine
    • Residency
      Duke University Medical Center, Neurology San Antonio Uniformed Service Health Education Consortium, Emergency Medicine
    • Medical School
      University of Texas Branch at Galveston
    • College
      Texas Lutheran College, Bachelor of Science, Biology and Bachelor of Art, Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude
  • Professional Memberships

    American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology, Society of Neurointerventional Surgery

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO