A healthcare professional with exceptional leadership skills, Dr. Harish Pillai joined the Aster DM Healthcare Group as the CEO of Aster Medcity in the year 2013. Set in 40 waterfront acres, Aster Medcity Kochi is a USD 300 million green field medical township project. The Phase I of the project, which comprises one Multispeciality Hospital, eight separate Centres of Excellence, is complete. Aster Medcity is the first quaternary care hospital in Kerala to win the JCI Accreditation. The hospital is first in India to receive a host of accreditations and awards within one year of opening and includes the NABH Accreditation, Green OT (Operation Theatre) Certification by Bureau Veritas, ISO 22000 Certification and the first-ever NABH Award for Excellence in Nursing.
In just 2 years, Dr. Harish Pillai was promoted as the CEO of all Aster DM Hospitalsin Kerala, which includes the 670-bed Aster Medcity Kochi; MIMS Calicut, India’s first NABH accredited 600-bed tertiary care hospital; MIMS Kottakkal, a 150-bed secondary care hospital and DM WIMS, Wayanad, a 300-bed hospital and medical college.
Prior to joining Aster DM Healthcare, Dr. Harish Pillai was the CEO of Egypt’s biggest private tertiary care hospital - As Salam International Hospital, Cairo, for over 7 years. During his tenure as the CEO, he was the functional head of the 1300 plus staff team and helped the organisation attain consistent annual growth of over 16% even during the Egyptian Revolution in the year 2011. Under his leadership, the Hospital won the JCI accreditation and charted a growth turnover from 16.65 million USD in 2006 to 43.7 million USD in 2012 with an EBITDA of 18%.
Dr. Harish Pillai, who did his medical schooling at the Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, started his career in hospital management with the Apollo Hospital group after completing his first Masters in Hospital Administration from the Apollo Institute of Hospital Administration, Hyderabad, where he won the Dr Prathap C Reddy Award for Overall Excellence. He then went on to complete his Masters in Business Administration - International Hospital and Healthcare Management from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Germany, where he was awarded the Best Student for his distinguished academic record. He then joined the Belhoul Speciality Hospital, Dubai, UAE, as General Manager - Operations, and was soon promoted as the Hospital Director.
One of the most influential leaders in the Indian healthcare industry, Dr. Harish Pillai has been nominated to the board of Members of the Joint Commission International (JCI) Standards International Advisory Panel. He is the current Convener of the Healthcare Panel of Confederation of Indian Industries - CII Kerala State Council; the past Chairman of Board of Directors of New Cairo British International School, Egypt and the past President of the Indian Community Association of Egypt.
Dr. Harish Pillai, who was featured among the top 25 healthcare influencers in India by the Healthcare Executive Magazine (January 2015 edition), won the Best CEO of the Year Award (2015) at the CMO National Awards for Healthcare Excellence.