• Morishita, Kimberly


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations


    Primary Area of Research
    Childhood Diseases
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital
    Room K4-115 
    4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver BC, V6H 3N1

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Systemic vasculitis 
    • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis Outcomes in ANCA associated vasculitis
    Current Projects

    Early outcomes in pediatric antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) associated vasculitis (AAV): A Pediatric Vasculitis Initiative (PedVas) Study.
    This study reported on 6- and 12-month outcomes in 79 children with AAV. Outcomes included remission rates, relapse rates, medication usage, damage, and rates of dialysis dependence. This was the largest study to date reporting early outcomes in this group of patients.

    Predictors of outcomes in pediatric ANCA associated vasculitis.
    This study will build on the previous study listed above. Clinical characteristics at baseline will be evaluated as potential predictors of outcome and models will be built so see if a combination of features may better predict certain outcomes compared to individual baseline characteristics.

    The role of T regulatory (Treg) cells in control and remission of JIA.
    This study is looking at Treg function in the blood and synovial fluid of children with JIA at different disease states (active, inactive on medications, inactive off medications). The study will evaluate whether there is dysregulation in Treg function that may predict who is in true remission and who may be at increased risk of disease flare.

    Selected Publications

    Morishita K, Guzman J, Chira P, Muscal E, Zeft A, Klein-Gitelman M, Uribe AG, Abramson L, Benseler SM, Eberhard A, Ede K, Hashkes PJ, Hersh AO, Higgins G, Imundo LF, Jung L, Kim S, Kingsbury DJ, Lawson EF, Lee T, Li SC, Lovell DJ, Mason T, McCurdy D, O'Neil KM, Punaro M, Ramsey SE, Reiff A, Rosenkranz M, Schikler KN, Scuccimarri R, Singer NG, Stevens AM, van Mater H, Wahezi DM, White AJ, Cabral DA; ARChiVe Investigators Network. (2012). Do adult disease severity subclassifications predict use of cyclophosphamide in children with ANCA-associated vasculitis? An analysis of ARChiVe study treatment decisions. J Rheumatol 39(10):2012-20. PMID: 22859342.

    Morishita K, Li SC, Muscal E, Spalding S, Guzman J, Uribe A, Abramson L, Baszis K, Benseler S, Bowyer S, Campillo S, Chira P, Hersh AO, Higgins G, Eberhard A, Ede K, Imundo L, Jung L, Kim S, Kingsbury DJ, Klein-Gitelman M, Lawson EF, Lovell DJ, Mason T, McCurdy D, Nanda K, Nassi L, O'Neil KM, Rabinovich E, Ramsey SE, Reiff A, Rosenkranz M, Schikler K, Stevens A, Wahezi D, Cabral DA; ARChiVe Investigators Network. (2012). Assessing the performance of the Birmingham vasculitis activity score at diagnosis for children with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis in A Registry for Childhood Vasculitis (ARChiVe). J Rheumatol 39(5):1088-94. PMID: 22337238.

    Guzman J, Oen K, Tucker LB, Huber AM, Shiff N, Boire G, Scuccimarri R, Berard R, Tse SM, Morishita K, Stringer E, Johnson N, Levy DM, Duffy KW, Cabral DA, Rosenberg AM, Larché M, Dancey P, Petty RE, Laxer RM, Silverman E, Miettunen P, Chetaille AL, Haddad E, Houghton K, Spiegel L, Turvey SE, Schmeling H, Lang B, Ellsworth J, Ramsey S, Bruns A, Campillo S, Benseler S, Chédeville G, Schneider R, Yeung R, Duffy CM; for the ReACCh-Out investigators. The outcomes of juvenile idiopathic arthritis in children managed with contemporary treatments: results from the ReACCh-Out cohort. Ann Rheum Dis 2014 May19. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 24842571.

    Larkins N, Harris KC, Morishita K, Matsell DG. Chylous pericardial effusion in granulomatosis with polyangiitis. Nephrology (Carlton) 2014 Jun;19(6):367-8. PMID: 24842790.

    Enazi AA, Morishita K, Cairns RA, Tucker L, Cabral D, Petty R, Guzman J. Early atlantoaxial subluxation in enthesitis-related arthritis. J Rheumatol 2014;41(6):1190-1. CA. PMID: 24882848.

    Althagafi HO, Morishita K, Petty RE. Severe vocal cord dysfunction: an unusual complication of juvenile dermatomyositis. J Rheumatol 2013;40(5):744-5. CA. PMID: 23637383.

    Morishita K, Petty RE. (2011). Musculoskeletal manifestations of mucopolysaccharidoses. Rheumatology (Oxford) 50 Suppl 5:v19-25. FA. PMID: 22210666.

    Morishita K, Rosendahl K, Brogan P. (2011). Familial Takayasu arteritis – a pediatric case and a review of the literature. Pediatric Rheumatology 2;9:6. FA. PMID: 21288360.

    Luqmani R, Suppiah R, Edwards CJ, Phillip R, Maskell J, Culliford D, Jayne D, Morishita K, Arden N. (2011). Mortality in Wegener’s Granulomatosis: a bimodal pattern. Rheumatology (Oxford) 50:697-702. CA. PMID: 21112869.

    Morishita K, Petty R, Cairns R, Bolaria R, Cabral D, Turvey S. (2010). Serious musculoskeletal infections in children receiving anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha therapy: a case series. Clin Rheumatol 29(6):677-81. FA. PMID: 20383549.


    Training Grants:
    Canada Graduate Scholarship Master's Award, CIHR, 2010-2011. $17,500.
    UBC Clinical Investigator Program, 2010-2011. $70,000.

    Research Grants:
    Clinical Translational Research Seed Grant, CFRI, 2014-2015. $5000.

    Honours & Awards

    Future Leaders in Rheumatology Training (FLIRT) Program. Nominated by peers to participate in this 2-year program. Canadian Rheumatology Association. 2012-2014.

    Graduate Entrance Scholarship, University of British Columbia, 2011.

    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Traineeship award. Grant for training in musculoskeletal ultrasound, 2011.

    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Traineeship award. Grant for an 8-week course in advanced training in systemic vasculitis, 2009.

    Chief resident for Pediatric Rheumatology, 2008.

    Dr. William C. Taylor Memorial Award, University of Alberta. Awarded for excellence and aptitude in teaching as a pediatric resident, 2006.

    Resident Grand Rounds Award, University of Alberta. Voted best Resident Grand Rounds for "Juvenile idiopathic arthritis", 2006.

    Chief resident for Pediatrics, 2006.

    David Anne Beach Scholarship, University of British Columbia. Awarded for academic achievement in medical school, 2002.

    Science Scholar, University of British Columbia. Designation awarded to the top 20 Science students in each of 3rd and 4th year, 1997.

    Research Group Members