Dr. Alter maintains an active community cardiology practice in Milton Ontario (Milton Cardiac Care) and is the founder of a social purpose organization called Vigour Projects, whose mission is to improve the health of communities through music.
Dr. Alter's research spans across many disciplines including cardiovascular health services and outcomes, clinical epidemiology and social determinants, cardiac rehabilitation and more recently, music and medicine. He has published over 125 scholarly peer-reviewed papers in prestigious journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Alter has also received funding from various agencies including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
Music for anxiety reduction in patients undergoing cardiac catheterization: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2017 Aug;28:122-130
The energy expenditure benefits of reallocating sedentary time with physical activity: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
J Public Health (Oxf). 2017 Jun 07;:1-9
Patient and practitioner perspectives on reducing sedentary behavior at an exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation program.
Disabil Rehabil. 2017 Jun 06;:1-8
CMAJ Open. 2017 May 26;5(2):E417-E423
CMAJ. 2017 Apr 03;189(13):E494-E501
Relationship Between Cardiac Rehabilitation Participation and Health Service Expenditures Within a Universal Health Care System.
Mayo Clin Proc. 2017 Mar 13;:
Association Between Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Aortic Stenosis: The CANHEART Aortic Stenosis Study.
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017 Mar 28;69(12):1523-1532
CMAJ. 2017 Feb 13;189(6):E225-E226
Ann Intern Med. 2016 Dec 13;:
Cardiovascular Risk Factor Management Performance in Canada and the United States: A Systematic Review.
Can J Cardiol. 2016 Jul 18;:
Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI)
Senior Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Cross appointment to the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Adjunct Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital