Dr Pamela Pillay

Dr Pamela Pillay


Dr Pamela Pillay


031 260 7789



Campus /Hospital


Research Interest

  • Health Research Ethics
  • Medico-legal topics related to human remains
  • Medical Education
  • Dental Anatomy and osteology
  • Craniofacial anatomy and osteology
  • Regional anaesthesia and anatomical landmarks
  • Human anatomical variations



Biosketch Dr Pamela Pillay is an early career academic in the Department of Clinical Anatomy. She lecturers and supervises research at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She serves as a council member of the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa. Her postdoctoral research aims to provide an ethical framework that will guide research involving human remains (ie. cadavers; skeletal remains and foetal material) in order to promote research integrity and develop an anatomical research ethics environment in SA. She is a fellow of DRILL (Developing Research, Innovation, Localisation and Leadership) in South Africa [http://drill.org.za/] in the area of Health research ethics.

List of Publications


  1. Variations of the external and internal jugular veins: A fetal study

P Pillay, S Ishwarkumar, KS Satyapal

International Journal of Morphology. 36(1):145-148, 2018


  1. Factors associated with failed spinal anaesthesia for Caesarean sections in Mthatha general hospital, Eastern Cape, South Africa

AA Alabi, OV Adenyibi, OA Adeleke, P Pillay, MR Haffajee

South African Family Practice 2017; 59(4):128–132


  1. A study on the role and functions of inspectors of anatomy in South Africa. 

     Pillay P, McQuoid-Mason D, Satyapal KS.

South African Journal of Bioethics and the Law 2017; 10(2): 86-92



  1. Morphometric analysis of the mandible in the Durban Metropolitan population of South Africa
  2. Ishwarkumar, P. Pillay, MR Haffajee, KS Satyapal

Folia Morphologica Vol. 76, No. 1, pp. 82–86. 2017


  1. The morphometry of the gonial angle and its correlation with age and sex in the eThekwini Metropolitan region: A panoramic study

S Pillay, S. Ishwarkumar, BZ De Gama, P. Pillay

International Journal of Morphology.  35(2):661-666,2017


  1. The Plantar Aponeurosis in Fetuses and Adults: An Aponeurosis or Fascia?

A Kalicharan, P Pillay, BZ De Gama, C Rennie, KS Satyapal

Int. J. Morphol., 35: 2017.


  1. An osteometric evaluation of the mandibular condyle in Black KwaZulu-Natal population
  2. Ishwarkumar, P. Pillay, BZ DeGama, KS Satyapal

International Journal of Morphology.  34(3):848-853, 2016.


  1. Sex determination using morphometric and morphological dimensions of the clavicle within the KwaZulu-Natal population

S Ishwarkumar, P Pillay, C Rennie, MR Haffajee

International Journal of Morphology    34(1) 2016

  1. The anatomy of the plantar arterial arch

A Kalicharan, P Pillay, C Rennie, MR Haffajee

Int. J. Morphol., 33(1):36-42, 2015.

  1. An Osteometric Evaluation of the Jugular Foramen
  2. Ishwarkumar; N. Naidoo; L. Lazarus; P. Pillay, K. S. Satyapal

Int. J. Morphol., 33(1):251-254, 2015


  1. Osteometry and Morphology of the Human Fibula: A South African Study

N Naidoo; S Ishwarkumar; P Pillay; L Lazarus; KS Satyapal

International Journal of Morphology 33 (3) 2015 – IJM 127.15

  1. The common peroneal nerve in fetuses

D Chetty, P Pillay, L Lazarus, KS Satyapal

Int. J. Morphol., 32(2):455-460, 2014.

  1. Ansa Cervicalis: A fetal anatomical study

             Pillay P, Partab P, Lazarus L, Satyapal KS

Int. J. Morphol., 30(4):1321-1326, 2012.

  1. The Great auricular nerve in fetuses

            Pillay P, Partab P, Lazarus L, Satyapal KS

Int. J. Morphol., 30(1):40-44, 2012

  1. The Lesser occipital nerve in fetuses

            Pillay P, Partab P, Lazarus L, Satyapal KS

Int. J. Morphol., 30(1):140-144, 2012