Dr. Ashok Pillai Neurosurgeon in Kochi

Dr. Ashok Pillai

Neurosurgeon, Kochi

BSc, MD, DNB (Neurosurgery)

  • 1 Hospital


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.


  • Neurosurgery

  • Neuro Oncology

  • Pediatric Neurosurgery


  • Acoustic Neuroma Removal

  • Brain Aneurysm Repair

  • Brain Surgery

  • Brain Tumor Surgery

  • Carotid Endarterectomy


Areas of Clinical Subspecialization:

  • Surgical Management of Epilepsy - Adult & Pediatric
  • Adult and Child Brain Tumour Surgery, including functional brain mapping
  • Stereotactic neurosurgery, stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Surgery for intractable pain
  • Peripheral Nerve and Brachial Plexus Surgery
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Familial Tumour Syndromes (Von Hippel Lindau, Neurofibromatosis)
  • Adult and Pediatric hydrocephalus
  • Robotic Neurosurgery (stereotactic, endoscopic, R & D)


  • MD, DNB (Neurosurgery)

Practice Information

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi

AIMS Ponekkara P. O, Kochi, Kerala - 682041

Achievements & Contributions

  • Molecular Biology of VHL, NF
  • Surgical Management of drug-resistant epilepsy
  • ‘ A neurosurgeon & epilepsy: a look from the inside’. Invited speaker at 29th International Epilepsy Congress, Rome, Italy. Aug 28th – Sept. 1st, 2011. 
  • 'The phakomatoses: a look at the challenges in India'. Platform talk at 4th annual conference of the Indian Society of Neurooncology, Bangalore. April 6th-8th, 2012.
  • 'Cranial Navigation'. CME Talk given during the Annual workshop of the Indian Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. Mumbai, October 13, 2012. 
  • 'Surgical Management of Epilepsy' - CME on epilepsy at Indian Medical Association, Kasargod District Chapter Meeting. Dec 22, 2012.
  • 'Von Hippel Lindau: genetic screening, clinical surveillance & management paradigms' - platform talk during 10th Asian Society of Neurooncology. Mumbai. March 23, 2013.
  • 'The Surgical Management of Epilepsy'. Invited CME talk at the 20th Annual Conference of the Kerala Chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Academy of Medical Specialties. August 24, 2013. Kozhikkode, Kerala.
  •  'Surgical management of brachial plexus injuries.' - Invited key faculty speaker during Brachicon : 3rd Annual Live Surgery Workshop & CME. May 10th, 2014 - Govt. Medical College Kozhikode.
  • ' An  individualized  approach to refractory  focal  epilepsy'. -  Invited talk  for monthly meeting of Cochin Neurological Society. July 22, 2014
  • 'Surgical Management of Pediatric Epilepsies.' - Invited CME talk during the Kerala State Neurological Society of India midterm meeting. September 28, 2014. Kochi, Kerala
  • 'Surgical management of childhood epilepsy - recent trends' presented at National Epilepsy Day CME programme organized at IMA house Cochin by Indian Epilepsy Association, Kochi/Indian Medical Association/Indian Academy of Pediatrics/Kerala Association of Neurologists & Cochin Neurological Society
  • ‘Brain Mapping for Functional Preservation in Tumour Surgery’ Indian Society of Neurooncology annual conference 2015 – ISNOCON 2015, Kochi. March 26th-29th, 2015.
  • ' A  comprehensive  approach to birth injuries of the brachial plexus.'  International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery Annual Conference - Goa, India. October 15th - 21st, 2011
  • ‘Intraoperative Monitoring in Peripheral Nerve & Brachial Plexus Surgery’. CME topic in AIMS CME : Approaches to Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Surgery. AIMS, Kochi. June 26-28, 2011
  • ‘Helpful  adjuncts  in  eloquent  cortex  glioma  surgery  to maximize  resection  &  safety: the Amrita experience’ presented at the Annual meeting of the Indian Society for Neurooncology. Chennai. April 2nd-4th, 2010
  • “Helpful adjuncts in surgery for lesions of eloquent cortex: the Amrita experience”. – Presented as free paper at the  11th meeting of the Indian Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, CMC Vellore on October 2-3rd, 2009
  • Indian Society of Neurooncology (No. ISNO - 117)
  • Indian Epilepsy Association (No. LKC 077)
  • Indian Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Society of India (No. PA-93)