Anjana Pillai, MD

Anjana  Pillai, MD
Emory Clinic

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Transplant Hepatology and Division of Digestive Diseases

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Emory Transplant Center

Associate Program Director, Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

Medical Director, EUH Liver Tumor Clinic

Emory Healthcare Network Physician
Hepatology (Board certified since 2010)
Transplant Hepatology
Gastroenterology (Board certified since 2008)
Internal Medicine (Board certified since 2005)
Areas of Clinical Interest:
esophageal varices
liver cancer
liver transplant evaluation
Liver Transplant-Surgery
liver tumor
portal hypertension
variceal bleeding
Office(s) Locations:
Emory Clinic 'B'
1365 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404) 778-3184

The Emory Transplant Center at Saint Joseph’s
5673 Peachtree Dunwwody Rd 350
Atlanta, GA 30342
(855) 366-7989
About Dr. Pillai

Dr. Pillai is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University Hospital. She completed her undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Miami, followed by an internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She then completed her gastroenterology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic where she served as the Chief GI Fellow and then pursued a transplant hepatology fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She practiced as a transplant hepatologist at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago for 3 years before joining as faculty at Emory University Hospital. Her clinical and research interests include the multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of primary hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma. She currently directs the multidisciplinary liver tumor clinic at Emory University Hospital which intakes patients with primary liver cancer and cholangiocarcinoma with the ultimate goal of liver transplantation. She is collecting data on the utility of biomarkers to assess both disease response and progression in these patients. Dr. Pillai earned a Certificate of Added Qualification in Transplant Hepatology in 2010.

Year Started Practicing at Emory: 2012
Organizational Memberships:
American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
American Society of Transplantation
American College of Gastroenterology
Major or Recent Publications:

Huprikar S, Danziger-Isakov L, Ahn J, Naughler S, Blumberg E, Avery RK, Koval C, Lease ED, Pillai A, Doucette K, Levitsky J, Morris MI, Lu K, McDermott JK, Mone T, Orlowski JP, Dadhania DM, Abbott K, Horslen S, Laskin BL, Mougdil A, Venkat VL, Korenblat K, Kumar V, Grossi P, Bloom RD, Brown K, Kotton CN, Kumar D.  Solid Organ Transplantation from Hepatitis B Virus-Positive Donors: Consensus Guidelines for Recipient Management. Am J Transplant. 2015 Feb 23. 

Xing M, Webber G, Chen Z, Prajapati H, Chen Z, El-Rayes B, Spivey JR, Pillai AA, Kim HS. Preservation of Quality of Life with Doxorubicin Drug Eluting Bead Transarterial Chemoembolization for unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Longitudinal Prospective Study.  J Gstroenterol Hepatol. 2015 Feb 13.

Pillai A. Management of de novo malignancies after liver transplantation. Transplant Rev. 2015; 29(1):38-41

Singal AG, Pillai A, Tiro, J. Early Detection, Curative Treatment and Survival Rates for HCC Surveillance in Patients with Cirrhosis: A Meta-analysis. PLoS Med. 2014 April: 11(4)

Pillai A, Fimmel CJ. Emerging diagnostics: genetics and biomarkers. In: Primary Liver Cancer: Surveillance, Diagnosis and Treatment. Reau N and Poordad F, ed. Springer Science & Business Media, Inc. 2012 Chapter 13: 247-262

Pillai A, Lee V, Rinella M, Levitsky J. Factors associated with sustained virologic response in& liver transplant recipients with recurrent hepatitis C. Transplant Proc. 2010 Nov;42(9):3647-51

Pillai A, Rinella M. Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Is bariatric surgery the answer? Clinics in Liver Disease 2009 Nov; 13(4): 689-710

Pillai A, Levitsky J. Overview of immunosuppression in liver transplantation. World Journal of Gastroenterology 2009 Sept; 15(34):4225-4233

Hanouneh I, Feldstein A, Lopez R, Yerian L, Pillai A, Zein CO, Zein NN. Clinical significance of metabolic syndrome in the setting of chronic HCV infection. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2008 May; 6(5):584-9

Pillai A, Nelson R. Probiotics for Clostridium difficile-associated colitis in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008 Jan, Issue 1

Henry King Stanford Scholarship
University of Miami

Cum Laude
University of Miami

Medical Scholars Program, 7-year BS/MD Honors Program in Medicine
University of Miami School of Medicine

Chief Gastroenterology Fellow
Cleveland Clinic

MAGIS Award for Excellence in Patient Care
Loyola University Medical Center

ACG/AztraZeneca Senior Fellow Award, Oral presentation, senior author
Washington DC 2011
Medical School
University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL

University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Northwestern University Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL