Saila Pillai, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Specialty: Thoracic Surgery
Residency: The Chicago Medical School Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science


IU Health Physicians


IU Health Methodist/IU Health University

Location Information

IU Health Methodist Professional Center II

1801 N. Senate Blvd., Ste 3300

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Clinical Interests


Accepting New Patients

Schedule an Appointment  Clinical Trials

Basic Research Interests: 


  1. Nicotera SP, Kim M, DeCamp M. The unmasking of a Brugada phenotype after pulmonary resection: A case report and implications for postoperative management.  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2008 Dec;136(6):1593-5.
  2. Nicotera SP, Simosa HF, Campbell DR. Postoperative outcomes in intimal aortic angiosarcoma: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.  J Vasc Surg 2009 Jul;50(1)186-9.
  3. Okereke IC, Gangadharan SP, Kent MS, Nicotera SP, Shen C, DeCamp MM.  Standard uptake value predicts survival in non-small cell lung cancer.  Ann Thorac Surg 2009 Sep;88(3):911-5, discussion 915-6.
  4. Nicotera SP, Miller EC, Nghiem FT, DeCamp MM, Michaud G, Kent MS.  Bronchopulmonary carcinoid tumor presenting with polymyositis.  Ann Thorac Surg 2010 Apr;89(4):1276-8.
  5. Okereke IC, Gangadharan S., Kent M., Nicotera S., DeCamp M.  [(18)F]Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computerized tomography and lung cancer: a significant referral bias exists.  Eur J Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2011 Apr;39(4):560-4. Epub 2010 Sep 15.
  6. Jassar AS, Nicotera SP, Levin N, Vernick WJ, SzetoWY. Inferior vena cava filter migration to the right ventricle.  J Card Surg. 2011 Mar;26(2):170-2.
  7. Kesler K, Pillai  ST, Rieger KM, Okereke IC, Birdas TJ, Ceppa D, Starnes SL.        “Supercharged” Isoperistaltic Colon Interposition for Long-Segment Esophagogastric Reconstruction.  Ann Thorac Surg 2013 Apr; 95(4):1162-8.
  8. Pillai ST, Schoenhagen P, Subrahmanyan L, Mukherjee S, McNamara R, Elefteriades J, Svensson, LG. Aortic dissection associated with penetration of a spinal pedicle screw: a case report and review of the literature. J Card Surg (accepted)

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