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Tyler Harris, MD, Appointed Director of UPMC Children’s Cardiac Exercise Laboratory

March 19, 2024

The Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has named Tyler Harris, MD, as director of the Cardiac Exercise Laboratory, marking a significant milestone in program development for the Heart Institute and the Division of Pediatric Cardiology.

Dr. Harris is an assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2006 with a BA in Biology and earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2010. He completed his residency in pediatrics and a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Dr. Harris joined the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s and the University of Pittsburgh as a faculty member in 2016 with a clinical focus on inpatient and outpatient cardiology services, as well as exercise physiology.

In 2017, in recognition of his extraordinary skills as an educator, he was appointed associate director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program and as the Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship Director. Since then, Dr. Harris has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to teaching and mentorship, playing a pivotal role in curriculum development and other essential aspects of the educational mission of our program.

As an expert clinician with a devotion to providing high-quality, efficient, and comprehensive cardiac care services, he has become an integral part of the Heart Institute’s acute care team.

In 2021, Dr. Harris’s input was critical in the creation of the Inpatient Cardiology Consult Service. In addition, Dr. Harris is locally, nationally, and internationally recognized for his clinical expertise in the care of patients with Kawasaki Disease and MIS-C. Furthermore, given his expertise in exercise physiology, he implemented lesion-specific stress test protocols and other changes which helped enhance efficiency and accommodate growth in the Exercise Lab.

In his new role as the director of the Cardiac Exercise Laboratory, Dr. Harris will spearhead the Heart Institute’s efforts to understand and address the cardiac health of children and adolescents, with a specific emphasis on exercise and physical activity. His leadership will elevate the Heart Institute’s clinical and research capabilities in the field of exercise testing, enhancing the quality of care and improving outcomes for our patients.

Dr. Harris’s exceptional expertise, dedication, and passion for pediatric cardiology and exercise physiology will undoubtedly contribute to advancing the field and providing the best care to our patients.