Nishitha Pillai

Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics


Dr. Nishitha Pillai is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Genetics & Metabolism at The University of Minnesota. She received her medical degree from the Government Medical College Kozhikode in India and completed her Pediatric Residency at Inova Children's Hospital in Farifax, Virginia. Subsequently, she completed her Medical Genetics Residency as well as clinical fellowship in Medical Biochemical Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine - Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
Dr. Pillai specializes in medical genetics and inborn errors of metabolism for patients of all ages. Dr. Pillai's career goal is to treat patients with metabolic disorders and conduct translational research investigating new therapies for inborn errors of metabolism. She is particularly interested in lysosomal storage diseases and overgrowth syndromes.

Research Summary

Lysosomal storage diseases & somatic and vascular overgrowth syndromes


MBBS, Government Medical College, Calicut, India

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Residency in Medical Genetics,
Baylor College of Medicine
Huston, Texas, United States
Residency in Pediatrics,
Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Fellowship in Medical Biochemical Genetics,
Baylor College of Medicine
Huston, Utah, United States

Licensures and Certifications

Medical Biochemical Genetics, American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics
Clinical Genetics and Genomics, American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

Honors and Recognition

Sanofi Genzyme/American College of Medical Genetics Foundation Next Generation Fellowship Award



Pediatric Genetics & Metabolsim
Riverside Professional Building
606 24th Ave. S, Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Contact

Denise Fogel
Administrative Phone: 612-624-5965
Administrative Email:
Administrative Fax Number: 612-626-2993