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Family Medicine

Language(s) Spoken

English; Spanish; Hindi; Malayalam

Joined Kelsey-Seybold

August 2014

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​​​Professio​​nal Background 

After earning his medical degree from The University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in Fort Worth in 2001, Anush Pillai, D.O., completed his internship, residency and later was elected chief resident at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Since 2004, Dr. Pillai has practiced full spectrum Family Medicine along with being faculty and training future physicians at the Texas Medical Center.  He joined Kelsey-Seybold in 2014.

Professional Asso​​ciations 

Dr. Pillai is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Academy of Family Physicians and the American Board of Family Medicine Residency Directors.

Hob​​​​bies and Interests

In his spare time, Dr. Pillai enjoys billiards, basketball, martial arts and weightlifting.

Fun F​​​acts

Dr. Pillai's favorite types of food are Indian or Thai cuisine. His favorite actors are Robert DeNiro, Kevin Spacey and Anthony Hopkins. He says the best advice he's ever received is “The secret to improving or succeeding is blood, sweat and tears.”

​To be a good doctor, you must listen, be a good teacher, constantly learn and have the patient share in the decision-making process. My goal is to educate patients with an emphasis on preventive care and evidence-based medicine/best practices. Above all, I want my patients to feel that they were heard and to feel confident when they leave that we (together) have developed the best plan of action for their healthcare.

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Awards & Recognitions

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
Dr. Pillai has been recognized with a presti​gious national certification for excellence in carin​g for diabetic patients, awarded by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Certification through NCQA’s national Diabetes Recognition Program comes after a comprehensive, individualized review process to verify a physician’s adherence to national standards of excellence in caring for patients diagnosed with diabetes.

  • 2012-2013: Faculty of the Year: Methodist Family Medicine Residency
  • 2008-2009: Faculty of the Year – Methodist Family Medicine Residency
  • 2006 - present: National Health Service Corps Award Recipient
  • 2003: Chief Resident
  • 2002: Outstanding PGY 2 Resident
  • 1996: Award from Prevent Blindness Texas
  • 1994: Presidential Scholarship for Scholastic Excellence
  • 1993: Awards from Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), Houston Livestock Rodeo for Research on MRI and NMR Spectroscopy.
  • 1992: TAMS Program Admission


  • Pillai, A., Wu, M. Photo Quiz: Dyspnea in an Older Patient. American Family Physician. August 1, 2013; 88(3): 199-200.
  • Pillai, A., Medina, D. Photo Quiz: Rash in 8 year old male. American Family Physician. December 15, 2012;86(12):1141-42.
  • Pillai, A., Kabir, Jahangir. An Elderly Man with Leg Pain and Chronic Rash. Clinical Geriatrics. June 2011; 19(6)
  • Pillai, A. Photo Quiz: White Opaque Fluid in a Blood Draw. American Family Physician. April 15, 2009: page 699.
  • Pillai, AS, Sprockel, PT, Barthmare, S. Tips for Talking to Teens about STDs. The Journal of Family Practice. February 2009. Vol.58; No.2: 76-82
  • Pillai, AS, Bang, H., Green, C. (2007). Metformin and glitazones: Do they really help PCOS patients? J of Family Practice; 56(6): 444-453.
  • Shen, A., Pillai, A. “What’s Your Diagnosis – Eruptive Xanthomas”. Consultant for Pediatricians. September 2008: pages 382-386.
  • Pillai, A. Dermatology Quiz/Photo Quiz: Lingua Villosa Nigra. . Resident and Staff Physician, December 2005, pages 17 and 21.


  • Toy, E, Loose, D, Tischkau, S., Pillai, A. Case Files Pharmacology, 3rd Edition. September 2013. McGraw-Hill, New York, NY.
  • Toy, E, Debord, C., Wanger, A, Castro, G., Kettering J.D. Pillai, A. Case Files Microbiology, 3rd Edition. Currently in Prepublication sales. McGraw-Hill, New York, NY.

Book C​​​hapters

  • Pillai, A. Hematuria in Adults. In Toy E, Briscoe D. eds. Case Files - Family Medicine. NY, NY. McGraw-Hill; 2007; Case 14: 131-137.
  • Pillai, A. Prenatal Care. In Toy E, Briscoe D. eds. Case Files - Family Medicine. NY, NY. McGraw-Hill; 2007; Case 4: 41-49.
  • Pillai A. “Internal Medicine” in Briscoe D. Lange Q&A: USMLE Step 3, 5th edition. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2007.


  • 2011-present: REDI, A step towards an objective competency assessment for the ACGME NAS Milestones.
  • 1996-1997 Binocular Rivalry and Image Recognition in Rhesus Macaques at Baylor college of Medicine, under Dr. Nikos Logothesis (Current Director of Visual Neuroscience at Max-Planck)
  • 1993: Supercolliding Supercollider research/NMR, MRI research at the Houston Advanced Research Center, Woodlands, TX.​