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Michael Pilla, M.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology
Co-Director, Robinson Advisory College, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Associate Program Director, Department of Anesthesiology, Simulation Technologies Program, Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment

Email: michael.a.pilla@vanderbilt.edu
Phone: (615) 936-1206

Dr. Michael Pilla is Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Associate Director, Residency Program in Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He earned his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed his anesthesiology residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He received advanced training in acupuncture from the UCLA/Helms Medical Institute and is a certified acupuncturist. Following residency, Dr. Pilla practiced anesthesiology in the private sector before joining Vanderbilt in 2004 as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology. His clinical interests include liver transplantation and vascular anesthesia, while his academic interests include resident and student education, controlled substance diversion protection, and provider and patient safety. He is Director, Liver Transplant Anesthesia Team, and co-directs one of the four Vanderbilt Medical School Advisory Colleges, and as such is directly responsible for the career counseling and wellness programs for one fourth of the students in the School of Medicine. In his spare time, he is an avid photographer, novice cinematographer, accomplished snowboarder, and recreational road cyclist. Previously a professional musician before medicine, Dr. Pilla is still a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Education & Training
B.S. – Biology, Widener University
B.A. – Psychology, Widener University
M.D. – University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Internal Medicine Internship – Lankenau Hospital
Residency – Massachusetts General Hospital

Recent Publications

  1. Doghramji, K., Jabourian, Z.H., Pilla, M., Farole, A., Lindholm, R.N.: Predictors of outcome for uvulopalatopharyngo-plasty. Laryngoscope 105: March 1995, 311-314.
  2. Tobias, M.D., Pilla, M., Rogers, C., and Jobes, D.R.: Lidocaine inhibits blood coagulation: implications for epidural blood patch. Anesth Analg 1996;82:766-9.
  3. Tobias, M.D., Wambold, D., Pilla, M., and Greer, F.: Differential effects of serial hemodilution with hydroxyethyl starch, albumin, and 0.9% saline on whole blood coagulation. J Clin Anes 1998;10:366-371.
  4. Pilla, M.: Blood transfusions in critical care [letter; comment]. N Engl J Med 1999 Jul 8;341(2):123; discussion 124.
  5. Sierra, R.L., Lee, E., Pilla, M.: Aberrant Right Subclavian Artery Occlusion From Insertion of a Transesophageal Echocardiographic Probe in an Asymptomatic Adult. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2010 Feb 23. [Epub ahead of print]


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