David Alter

David Alter, MD, PhD, FRCPC

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.
Diabetes Care. 2003 May;26(5):1427-34
Alter DA, Khaykin Y, Austin PC, Tu JV, Hux JE
Ann Pharmacother. 2002 May;36(5):804-8
Mamdani MM, Tu K, Austin PC, Alter DA
CMAJ. 2002 Feb 5;166(3):299-300
Rotstein DL, Alter DA, Rotstein DL
Med Care. 2002 Jan;40(1):60-7
Alter DA, Austin PC, Naylor CD, Tu JV
Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2014 Jul 30;
Alter DA, Zagorski B, Marzolini S, Forhan M, Oh PI


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