• Harris, Kevin C.


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
    Interventional Pediatric Cardiologist, Children's Heart Centre, BC Children's Hospital

    Degrees / Designations
    Primary Area of Research
    Evidence to Innovation
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Diana Campanile
    Assistant Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital
    Room 1F27
    4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Interventional Pediatric Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Outcomes
    • Preventive Cardiology

    As an academic pediatric cardiologist I am interested in optimizing outcomes for all children with cardiovascular disease. I also serve as the Director of the Cardiac Prevention Clinic and lead an active research program in understanding the cardiovascular effects of non-congenital cardiovascular disease.

    Current Projects

    My current research is focused on the childhood origins of non-congenital cardiovascular disease. With the recent rise in rates of childhood obesity this is a growing concern.  We have demonstrated that obese children have significant cardiovascular changes already in childhood.  These include aortic stiffness and elevated blood pressure.  We are presently conducting interventional studies to evaluate the impact of exercise on the cardiovascular profile of at risk children.  Additionally I am  working to develop recommendations for blood pressure evaluation and management through the Canadian Hypertension Education Program.  Vascular health is also a concern in children who have had Kawasaki disease.  I am actively involved in evaluating the coronary artery changes in children with Kawasaki disease.  I serve as the site PI for a North American collaboration evaluating the long-term outcomes of coronary aneurysms in children with KD. 

    I am also interested in evaluating outcomes of interventional cardiac catheterizations and pediatric cardiac surgery.  Through collaborations with cardiac surgery and cardiac anesthesia we aim to optimize care delivery before, during and after interventional procedures for children with congenital heart disease.

    Selected Publications

    Harris KC, Manouzi A, Fung A, DeSouza AM, Bezerra HG, Potts JE, Hosking MCK.  Feasibility of Optical Coherence Tomography in Children with Kawasaki Disease and Pediatric Heart Transplant Recipients.  Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging 2014; 7:671-678. PMID: 24874056

    Armstrong K, Cote AT, Devlin AM, Harris KC.  Childhood Obesity, Arterial Stiffness, and Prevalence and Treatment of Hypertension.  Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine 2014; 16 (11): 339-353. PMID: 25248796

    Harris KC, Holowachuk S, Pitfield S, Sanatani S, Froese N, Potts JE, Gandhi SK.  Should Early Extubation be the Goal for Children After Congenital Cardiac Surgery? Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery  2014 Jul 30. PMID: 25156467

    Harris KC, Du W, Cowley CG, Forbes TJ, Kim DW.  A Prospective Multicenter Study of Balloon Angioplasty for the Treatment of Native and Recurrent Coarctation of the Aorta. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 2014; 83(7):1116-1123. PMID: 24917074

    Moodley S, Gandhi SG, Harris KC.  Subtotal Obstruction of a Tube Fenestrated Fontan Conduit. Heart 2014; 100:522. PMID: 24192978

    Cote AT, Harris KC, Panagiotopoulos C, Sandor GGS, Devlin AM.  Childhood Obesity and Cardiovascular Dysfunction.  JACC 2013 October; 62(15):1309-1319.

    Harris KC, Al Saloos H, De Souza AM, Sanatani S, M Hinchliffe M, Potts JE, Sandor GGS. Biophysical Properties of the Aorta and Left Ventricle, and Exercise Capacity in Obese Children. American Journal of Cardiology. 2012 Sep 15;110(6):897-901.
    PMID: 22728002

    Harris KC and Campbell AIM. Mechanical Mitral Valve Thrombosis. NEJM 2011 December 15; 365:e45.
    PMID: 22168664

    Harris KC and Hosking MCK. Persistent Fever in an Infant: Incomplete Kawasaki Disease. CMAJ 2011 November 22; 183:2009-2013.
    PMID: 21896689

    Harris KC, Anis AH, Crosby MC, Cender LM, Potts JE, Human DG. Economic Evaluation of Palivizumab in Children with Congenital Heart Disease: A Canadian Perspective. Can J of Cardiology 2011 July; 27 (4): 523.e11-15.
    PMID: 21664100

    Harris KC, Kuramoto LK, Schulzer M, Retallack JE. The Effect of School-Based Physical Activity Interventions on Body Mass Index in Children. CMAJ 2009 Mar; 180 (7):719-26.
    PMID: 19332753

    Honours & Awards
    Heart & Stroke Award (2017)

    Young Investigator Award, Canadian Cardiovascular Society (2013)

    UBC Fellow Research Award, Department of Pediatrics, BC Children’s Hospital, University of British Columbia (2011) 

    Laura MacRae Award, Department of Pediatrics, BC Children’s Hospital Subspecialty Resident/Fellow Award for Excellence in Pediatric Medicine (2010) 

    UBC Resident Research Award, Department of Pediatrics, BC Children’s Hospital, University of British Columbia (2009) 

    Resident Advocacy Award, BC Pediatrics Society (2009) 

    S Stewart Murray Prize, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology (2008) 

    Young Investigator Award, American Academy of Pediatrics (Council on School Health) (2008) 

    Resident Advocacy Award, Canadian Pediatric Society (2008) 

    20th Annual Canadian Pediatric Resident and Fellow Research Competition, National Winner for Best Resident Research Presentation and Manuscript (2008) 

    Dr. Peter H Spohn Memorial Prize, UBC Faculty of Medicine (2005)

    Research Group Members