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Dr Anil Kumar Pillai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Interventional Radiology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. 

Dr Anil Kumar Pillai received an M.B.B.S. degree from Kerala University, in Trivandrum, India, in 1994. He was awarded the M.D. degree in Radiology in 1998 after completing a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Sardar Patel Medical College, University of Rajasthan, India. He worked as an Assistant Professor at Amirta Institute of Medical Sciences in India for 4 years. He then worked as a consultant Radiologist in the Middle East for a year and moved to England. While in England, Dr Pillai passed board examinations in Radiology and was awarded the title “Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologist (FRCR)”. He worked in England as a consultant radiologist at Burnley General Hospital in East Lancahire before he moved to the United States to do a fellowship in Interventional Radiology in 2005. After completing a 2 year fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Dr Pillai worked as a faculty member at Rush form 2007 to 2012.Dr Pillai is a board certified physician by American Board of Radiology and has the certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in interventional radiology. Dr Pillai’s clinic interests and area of expertize include

  • Interventional Oncology: liver directed therapies (Radio and chemoembolizations), Percutaneous tumor Ablation (Liver and Kidney Tumors)
  • Women’s Health: Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), Pelvic Congestion syndrome
  • Peripheral vascular disease: Angiogram, Angioplasty, Stent placement, Recanalization procedures, Arteri-venous malformations.
  • Dialysis Access Interventions: Fistula maintanances and difficult central venous access.
  • Venous Interventions: DVT lysis, Varicose vein ablation
  • Others: TIPS, non-vascular interventions: Abscess drains, Biopsies, neprostomy, biliary drainage.

Dr. Pillai is of Indian heritage, and speaks multiple Indian languages. He is an avid traveller and runner. He has completed several half and Full marathons. He is married and has two children.

Education

Medical School
Trivandrum Medical College (1993)
Internship
Government Medical College (1994), General Surgery
Residency
Sardar Patel Medical College - India (1999), Radiology
Fellowship
Rush University Medical Center VIR Program (2007), Vascular & Interventional Radiology

Clinical Interest

Dialysis Access Management

  • Dialysis Catheter Access for Hemodialysis
  • Dialysis Fistual or Graft Declot
  • Dialysis Fistulogram/Graftogram

Disease Diagnosis

  • Adrenal Vein Sampling
  • Image Guided Abscess or Fluid Drainage
  • Image Guided Biopsy
  • Parathyroid Vein Sampling
  • Venography
  • Venous Sampling

Endovascular Therapy - Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Placement or Removal/Retrieval
  • May Turner Syndrome (Illiofemoral Deep Vein Thrombosis)
  • Paget Schrotter Syndrome (Upper Extermity Deep Vein Thrombosis)

Endovascular Therapy - Embolization/Exclusions

  • Angiomyolipoma of Kidney
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Mesenteric Artery Aneurysm
  • Mesenteric Ischemia
  • Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
  • Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Pulmonary Thrombolysis
  • Renal Artery Aneurysm
  • Splenic Artery Aneurysm
  • Uterine Fibroids/Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
  • Varicocele
  • Venous Malformation
  • Venous Thrombolysis

Endovascular Therapy - Peripheral Vascular Disease

  • Claudication
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
  • Peripheral Vascular Interventions

Interventional Therapy for Portal Hypertension

  • Balloon Occluded Retrograde Transverse Obliterations of Varies (BRTO)
  • Portal Hypertension (Variceal Bleeding, Refractory Ascities)
  • Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)

Tumor Ablation

  • Cryoablation
  • Microwave Ablation (MVA)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Treatment Hepatocellular Carcinoma or Hepatoma
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)Treatment for Renal Cancer
  • Radiofrequency Ablation for Liver Metastases & Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Y90 Radioembolization

Tumor Embolization

  • Chemoembolization (TACE)
  • Pulmonary Embolism

Varicose Vein Treatment

  • Laser Ablation of Varicose Veins
  • Phlebectomy
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Varicose Veins

Research Interest

  • Liver directed therapies
  • Portal hypertension

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Expulsion of a Uterine Fibroid into the Small Bowel through Uteroenteric Fistula Presenting with Bowel Obstruction after Uterine Fibroid Embolization: Case Report with Histopathologic Correlation.
Pillai AK, Kovoor JM, Reis SP, Kho K, Sutphin PD, Lucas E J Vasc Interv Radiol 2016 May 27 5 762-4
Thrombolysis and Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Creation for Acute and Subacute Portal Vein Thrombosis.
Chamarthy MR, Anderson ME, Pillai AK, Kalva SP Tech Vasc Interv Radiol 2016 Mar 19 1 42-51
Direct Percutaneous Access to the Cervical Portion of the Thoracic Duct, an Alternative to Traditional Access through the Cisterna Chyli.
Reis SP, MacFarlane J, Anene A, Pillai AK J Vasc Interv Radiol 2015 Dec 26 12 1902-4
Approaching the Practice Quality Improvement Project in Interventional Radiology.
Reis SP, White B, Sutphin PD, Pillai AK, Kalva SP, Toomay SM J Am Coll Radiol 2015 Sep
Portal hypertension: a review of portosystemic collateral pathways and endovascular interventions.
Pillai AK, Andring B, Patel A, Trimmer C, Kalva SP Clin Radiol 2015 Jul
Effect of technical parameters on transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts utilizing stent grafts.
Andring B, Kalva SP, Sutphin P, Srinivasa R, Anene A, Burrell M, Xi Y, Pillai AK World J. Gastroenterol. 2015 Jul 21 26 8110-7
Ureteroarterial fistula: diagnosis and management.
Pillai AK, Anderson ME, Reddick MA, Sutphin PD, Kalva SP AJR Am J Roentgenol 2015 May 204 5 W592-8
Improving Inferior Vena Cava Filter Retrieval Rates with the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control Methodology.
Sutphin PD, Reis SP, McKune A, Ravanzo M, Kalva SP, Pillai AK J Vasc Interv Radiol 2015 Jan
Catheter-directed pharmacologic thrombolysis for acute pulmonary embolism immediately following lung transplantation.
Reddick M, Pillai AK, Bollineni S, Kalva S J Vasc Interv Radiol 2015 Jan 26 1 142-4
Comparative Evaluation of Two Venous Sampling Techniques for the Assessment of Pancreatic Insulin and Zinc Release upon Glucose Challenge.
Pillai AK, Silvers W, Christensen P, Riegel M, Adams-Huet B, Lingvay I, Sun X, Öz OK J Diabetes Res 2015 2015 789359

Books

Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Vascular Devices p313-332,. In Cardiovascular Imaging, Problem solving in Radiology series 1st Edition, Suhny Abbara and Sanjeeva P. Kalva, Saunders PA

AK Pillai, AC Quiroz, S Kalva: Vascular Devices p313-332, (2012). Saunders PA

Peripheral artery disease in hemodialysis access. In Dialysis Access Management 1st edition

Singh K, Anderson ME, Pillai AK (2014). Switzerland, Springer International.

Honors & Awards

  • Certificate of Merit
    Society of Interventional Radiology (2015)
  • Certificate of Merit
    Radiological Society of North America (2015)
  • Harvey L Neiman Grant
    SIR Foundation Grant (2015-2016)
  • Best Educational Exhibit
    Society of Interventional Radiology (2014)
  • Best Educational Exhibit
    Society of Interventional Radiology (2014)
  • Best Educational Exhibit
    Global Embolization Symposium &Technologies (2014)
  • Certificate of Merit
    Radiological Society of North America (2014)
  • Magna Cum Laude
    Radiological Society of North America (2014)
  • Physicians Vascular interpretation (RPVI)
    American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) (2014)
  • Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ)
    American Board of Radiology (2011-2021)
  • Fellow of Royal College of Radiology (FRCR)
    Royal College of Radiologist, London, UK (2003)
  • Diplomate of National Board of Radiology
    National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, India (1998)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Society of Interventional Radiology (2007)
  • Radiological Society of North America (2004)
  • Royal College of Radiologists (2003)