Dr. Kevin Harris - Bio
Credentials: MHSc FRCPC
Titles: Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
Interventional Pediatric Cardiologist, BC Children’s Hospital
Phone: (604) 875-3878
Fax: (604) 875-3463
Specialties/Clinical Interests: 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.
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