Dr. Marla Kiess

Where did you complete your training?
I did a basic science degree in Genetics at UBC and spent a year working in Dr. David Suzuki’s lab. I attended Medical School at UBC, did my internal medicine training in London, Ontario and my cardiology training in Toronto where I spent considerable time in the Adult Congenital Heart Clinic. Following that I did research fellowships sponsored by the BC Heart and Stroke in cardiac imaging (nuclear cardiology and echocardiography) at Vancouver General Hospital for one year and the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University in Boston for 2 years.

What is your special area of Interest?
I am particularly interested in the care of the adult patients with congenital heart disease, pregnant women with heart problems and cardiac imaging.

What is the best thing about working in the Congenital Heart Disease specialty?
I enjoy working in a team environment and caring for a wonderful group of patients.

What is one thing that you think that all patients with Congenital Heart Disease should know?
Congenital Heart Disease is a chronic condition that requires lifelong care from specially trained professionals.

If you weren’t a doctor, what would you be?
An art consultant or curator.

Do you have any interesting hobbies or talents or pets?
I am passionate about art and how art can help those who are ill. Hence, I started an Art Committee at SPH several years ago. When you come, I hope you will enjoy the works of art throughout that hospital that have been donated by artists, donors and patients. I also very much enjoy music and frequently attend performances of the Vancouver Symphony, Chamber Music Society, Vancouver Recital Society, Vancouver Opera, the Jazz and Blues Festival and other groups. I am interested in learning more about other cultures and travel extensively around the world