Vinodh Pillai, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Contact InformationThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
5th Floor Main 5199

Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Fax: 215-590-1736


Research Expertise

Pediatric hematopoietic malignancies
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Castleman disease
Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia
Kikuchi-Fujimoto lymphadenitis

Clinical Expertise

Pediatric Hematopathology including leukemias and lymphomas
Effects of chimeric antigen therapy


MD Madras Medical College, 2002
Ph.D. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center , 2007

Specialty Certification

American Board of Pathology (Anatomic and Clinical Pathology), 2013
American Board of Pathology Hematology, 2014

Postgraduate Training

Post-doctoral fellow of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Immunology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, 2007-2009
Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, 2009-2013
Hematopathology Fellowship , Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston
Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 2013-2014

Awards and Honors

Top 5 Poster Award in GSO Poster Competition, 2005
Eliot Goldings Award for the Best Graduating Student in Immunology, 2007
Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Travel Award, 2007
BWH Biomedical Research Institute Microgrant Award, 2012
Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award from the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists, 2013
Children's Oncology Group young investigator mentorship program, 2017-current
SIOP (International Society of Paediatric Oncology) Young Investigator Award, 2018

Memberships and Professional Organizations

Clinical Immunology Society, 2007 - 2009
American Association of Immunologists, 2007 - 2009
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, 2011 - 2014
American Society for Clinical Pathology, 2012 - Present
Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists, 2013 - 2015
Society for Hematopathology, 2015 - Present
International Clinical Cytometry Society, 2015 - present
Children's Oncology Group, 2015 - Present
College of American Pathologists, 2018 - Present

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Selected Publications

Immune Escape of KMT2A-rearranged B-ALL Via Myeloid Lineage Switch After CD19 CAR-T Therapy

Van Arnam J, Pillai VP, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology 2019 Meeting National Harbor, Maryland, 2019, 2019

Clusters of CD123-Positive Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells in JMML

Modi M, Cotner C, Wertheim G, Paessler M, Tasian SK, Luo M, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology 2019 Meeting National Harbor, Maryland, 2019, 2019

Pediatric Leukemia Cutis: A Case Series

Andriescu C, Coughlin CC, Cheng CE, Prajapati VH, Huang JT, Schmidt BA, Degar BA, Aplenc R, Pillai V, Yan AC, Liang MG, Pediatric Dermatology In Press(): , 2019

Heterogeneity of surface CD19 and CD22 expression in B lymphoblastic leukemia

Rosenthal J, Naqvi AS, Luo M, Wertheim G, Paessler M, Thomas-Tikhonenko A, Rheingold SR, Pillai V, Am J Hematol, 2018, PMID:30058145

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Correlation of pre-CAR CD19 expression with responses and relapses after CAR T cell therapy

Vinodh Pillai, Jaclyn Rosenthal, Kavitha Muralidharan, Gerald B Wertheim, Michele Paessler, Shannon L. Maude, Susan R. Rheingold, Stephan A. Grupp, J Clin Oncol 36, 2018 (suppl; abstr 3051), 2018

Aberrant splicing in B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Black KL, Naqvi AS, Asnani M, Hayer KE, Yang SY, Gillespie E, Bagashev A, Pillai V, Tasian SK, Gazzara MR, Carroll M, Taylor D, Lynch KW, Barash Y, Thomas-Tikhonenko A, Nucleic Acids Research, 2018, PMID:30357359

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Semi-Quantitative Analysis of CD19 and CD22 Expression in B-Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Implications for Targeted Immunotherapy

Rosenthal J, Naqvi AS, Wertheim G, Paessler M, Rheingold SR, Thomas-Tikhonenko A, Pillai V, ASH 59th Annual Meeting and Exposision, Atlanta, Georgia, 2017

Flow cytometry in pediatric hematopoietic malignancies

Li J, Wertheim G, Paessler M, Pillai V, Clinics in Laboratory Medicine 37(4): 879-893, 2017, PMID:29128074

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Semi-quantitative Analysis of CD19 and CD22 Expression in B Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Implications for Immunotherapy

Rosenthal J, Naqvi A, Wertheim G, Paessler M, Thomas-Thihonenkho A, Rheingold S, Pillai V, 32nd Annual Clinical Cytometry Meeting and Course, Phoenix, Arizona, 2017

Severe Mucha-Habermann-like Ulceronecrotic Skin Disease in T-cell ALL Responsive to Basiliximab and Stem Cell Transplant

Orenstein LAV, Coughlin CC, Flynn AT, Pillai V, Boos MD, Wertheim GB, Treat JR, Teachey DT, Pediatric Dermatology 34(5): e265-e270, 2017, PMID:28884915

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