Dr. Ashok Pillai is a professor of neurosurgery and neuroscience associated with Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi. After completing his initial college education in the neurosciences, medical college and surgical training in the United States, he migrated back to India to join AIMS, Kochi in 1999. After completion of his neurosurgical training, he has pursued further advanced training from Canada and the United States in the field of epilepsy surgery and other areas of functional neurosurgery.
At present, Dr.Ashok Pillai heads the epilepsy surgery programme, neurooncology programme (dealing with adult and paediatric brain tumours), and the peripheral neurosurgery programme at AIMS, Kochi. He excels in stereotactic neurosurgery and is a pioneer in the upcoming field of robotic neurosurgery. He also has a dedicated interest in pediatric neurosurgery.