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


Clinical Expertise

Pediatric Hematopathology including leukemias and lymphomas
Effects of chimeric antigen therapy

Research Expertise

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


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
Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Travel Award, 2007
Eliot Goldings Award for the Best Graduating Student in Immunology, 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

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
Children's Oncology Group, 2015 - Present
International Clinical Cytometry Society, 2015 - present
Society for Hematopathology, 2015 - Present

Selected Publications

Flow cytometry in pediatric hematopoietic malignancies

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

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

Lauren A.V. Orenstein, M.D, Carrie. C. Coughlin, M.D, Andrea T. Flynn, M.D., Vinodh Pillai M.D., Ph.D., Markus D. Boos M.D. Ph.D, Gerald B. Wertheim, M.D, Ph.D., James R. Treat, M.D., and David T. Teachey, M.D., Pediatric Dermatology 34(5): e265-e270, 2017, PMID:28884915

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CART attack

Pillai V, Maude SL., Blood 130(2): 229, 2017, PMID:28705860

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CBL family E3 ubiquitin ligases control JAK2 ubiquitination and stability in hematopoietic stem cells and myeloid malignancies

Lv K, Jiang J, Donaghy R, Cheng Y, Chandra Y, An W, Mohapatra B, Goetz B, Pillai V, Xu H, Jeschke G, Langdon W, Hexner EO, Band H, Tong W, Genes Dev 31(10): 1007-1023, 2017, PMID:28611190

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Immunohistochemistry Identifies AML Subtypes with Distinct Genetics and Prognosis

Wertheim G, Pillai V, Sargent R, Paessler M, Lewen M, Li J, Master S, Carroll M, Luskin M, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology 2017 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, 2017

A case report of Pediatric Brucellosis in an Algerian immigrant

Eimear Kitt, Kristina R. Brannock, Lauren A. VonHolz, Paul Planet, Erin Graf, and Vinodh Pillai., Open Forum Infectious Diseases 4(1): , 2017, PMID:28480256

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Repeated loss of target surface antigen after immunotherapy in primary mediastinal large B cell lymphoma

Yu H, Sotillo E, Harrington C, Wertheim G, Paessler M, Maude SL, Rheingold SR, Grupp SA, Thomas-Tikhonenko A, Pillai V, Am J Hematol 92(1): , 2017, PMID:27779774

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Germinal Center-Derived Lymphomas and Plasmacytomas in Mice with Targeted Deletion of MiR-15a/16-1 in Activated B Cells

Sewastianik T, Zhao J, Jiang M, Wang J, Pillai V, Dennis PS, Lin J, Brooks D, Bouxsein M, Pinkus GS, Jarolim PJ, Robbiani DR, Ghobrial IM, Anderson KC, Carrasco RD, American Society of Hematology 58th Annual Meeting, 2017

TAFRO syndrome

Jennifer Hawkins and Vinodh Pillai, Case Studies in Hematology and Coagulation, 2nd edition, 2017

Flow Cytometry of Nonhematopoietic Neoplasms

Pillai V, Dorfman DM, Acta Cytologica 60(4): 336-343, 2016, PMID:27578265

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