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.
Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res. 2003 Dec;3(6):691-702
Alter DA, Brandes S, Irvine J, Iron K
Can J Cardiol. 2003 Jul;19(8):893-901
Tu JV, Austin PC, Filate WA, Johansen HL, Brien SE, Pilote L, Alter DA, Canadian Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Team
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2003 May 7;41(9):1573-82
Lee DS, Green LD, Liu PP, Dorian P, Newman DM, Grant FC, Tu JV, Alter DA
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


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