• Harris, Kevin C.


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
    Research Director and 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
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital
    Room 1F27
    4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4

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

    As an academic pediatric cardiologist, I am interested in optimizing outcomes for all children with cardiovascular disease. My research program ranges from preventive cardiology – where we evaluate and promote physical activity in children with congenital and non-congenital cardiovascular disease – to interventional pediatric cardiology– where we are interested in optimizing outcomes of interventional cardiac catheterizations and pediatric cardiac surgery.

    I currently serve as President of the Canadian Pediatric Cardiology Association and am also a member of the Canadian Hypertension Education Program, where I lead the development of the inaugural Guidelines for Blood Pressure Measurement, Diagnosis, and Assessment of Risk of Pediatric Hypertension.
    Current Projects

    Preventive Cardiology
    Physical activity is critical to optimize long-term cardiovascular health in children with congenital and non-congenital heart disease. We use state-of-the-art measurement tools and new technologies, such as commercial activity trackers, to better understand and promote physical activity levels in our patients. My research in this area also investigates perceived barriers and facilitators for physical activity in these children and their parents.

    Cardiovascular outcomes
    I am interested in the childhood origins of non-congenital cardiovascular disease. We previously found that at-risk children – for example, individuals with obesity or congenital heart disease – have significant cardiovascular changes already in childhood, such as aortic stiffness and elevated blood pressure. We are presently conducting interventional and longitudinal observational studies to evaluate the impact of physical activity and exercise on cardiovascular health in these children.

    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. 

    Interventional Pediatric Cardiology
    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 and cardiac transplant recipients. We are currently evaluating the clinical impact of a new high resolution intravascular imaging technique called ‘Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)’. We have successfully established an International Pediatric OCT Registry and the Children’s Heart Centre serves as the lead centre, and hosts both the core imaging laboratory and data coordinating centre for evaluating this exciting new imaging modality in children and adolescents.

    Selected Publications

    To access my full bibliography on PubMed, click here.

    Voss C, Harris KC. Physical activity evaluation in children with congenital heart disease. Heart (British Cardiac Society). 2017; PMID: 28490620

    Voss C, Duncombe SL, Dean PH, de Souza AM, Harris KC. Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Children With Congenital Heart Disease. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2017; 6(3). PMID: 28264859

    Duncombe SL, Voss C, Harris KC. Oscillometric and auscultatory blood pressure measurement methods in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of hypertension. 2017; 35(2):213-224. PMID: 27870656

    Harris KC, Benoit G, Dionne J, Feber J, Cloutier L, Zarnke KB, et al. Hypertension Canada's 2016 Canadian Hypertension Education Program Guidelines for Blood Pressure Measurement, Diagnosis, and Assessment of Risk of Pediatric Hypertension. The Canadian journal of cardiology. 2016; 32(5):589-97. PMID: 27118292

    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

    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

    Honours & Awards
    • Resident Research Mentor Award, Department of Pediatrics, BC Children’s Hospital, University of British Columbia (2015)
    • 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)


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