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Dr. Pillai trained as a medical doctor at the University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India graduating in 1999. He obtained a PhD from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 2005. He subsequently pursued Residency in Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY from 2005-2009. He was the first author in multiple publications examining cognitive changes in epilepsy and dementia during this time. Dr. Pillai moved to the University of San Diego to complete a Clinical Fellowship in Dementia and Geriatric Neurology from 2009-2011. Here he was closely involved in helping people with memory disorders and cognitive behavioral changes from neurodegenerative diseases. As a young scholar honoree from the San Diego Alzheimer's Association, Dr. Pillai further developed in research in Alzheimer's dementia and Huntington's disease. Dr. Pillai joined the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in January 2012. He now works to help people with cognitive changes from neurological disorders and to develop diagnostic and treatment strategies for people with cognitive difficulties from neurodegenerative diseases.
Roughly 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease is increasing, perhaps because of increased awareness of its symptoms or because people are living longer. Memory loss is the first and primary symptom of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Pillai provides you with the most up to date information on Alzheimer's and how to care for a loved one that has this disease.
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