Mr Pillai has also visited and worked with surgeons from SportsMed SA, Mater Hospital Sydney and Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital in Perth. Furthermore, Mr Pillai has completed a fellowship in Ilizarov techniques and limb deformity correction at the world renowned Russian Ilizarov Scientific Centre in Siberia. He was initially appointed as Consultant to Ninewells University Hospital and Dundee Medical School in Scotland, before moving to the North West.
Mr Pillai is a member of both the British and American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Societies, AO Trauma UK, Foot & Ankle Scotland and The Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society. He holds honorary academic positions with the Universities of Adelaide, Manchester, Salford and Malaya. He is executive editor for Orthopaedics & Muscular Systems - Current Research and assistant editor for SurgWiki. He also sits on the editorial board for the ANZ Journal of Surgery and the American Medical Journal. He has published and presented widely in numerous national and international meetings. He is a surgical examiner for University of Salford and Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.
Mr Pillai was elected to the research committee of the European Foot & Ankle Society, Physician’s resource committee of the American Foot & Ankle Society. He is both a faculty and course director for the British Foot and Ankle Society delivering surgical training programmes.
Mr Pillai has treated members of the Team GB Olympic and Commonwealth games squad, Ultimate Fighting Championship and within Professional Football. Mr Pillai is a member of the Selection Design Group with Health Education England and the Surgical Speciality Board for Orthopaedics at the Royal College. He was awarded an Honorary Professorship in Orthopaedics for his educational and research activity.