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.
J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2015 Sep 22;
Mitchell MS, Goodman JM, Alter DA, Oh PI, Leahey TM, Faulkner GE
Circulation. 2015 Aug 31;
Tu JV, Chu A, Rezai MR, Guo H, Maclagan LC, Austin PC, Booth GL, Manuel DG, Chiu M, Ko DT, Lee DS, Shah BR, Donovan LR, Sohail QZ, Alter DA
Sports Med Open. 2015;1(1):7
Alter DA, O'Sullivan M, Oh PI, Redelmeier DA, Marzolini S, Liu R, Forhan M, Silver M, Goodman JM, Bartel LR
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Aug 14;
Ray JG, Booth GL, Alter DA, Vermeulen MJ
Ann Intern Med. 2015 Jun 16;162(12):875-6
Biswas A, Alter DA
Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2015 Feb 3;
Tu JV, Chu A, Donovan LR, Ko DT, Booth GL, Tu K, Maclagan LC, Guo H, Austin PC, Hogg W, Kapral MK, Wijeysundera HC, Atzema CL, Gershon AS, Alter DA, Lee DS, Jackevicius CA, Bhatia RS, Udell JA, Rezai MR, Stukel TA
Ann Intern Med. 2015 Jan 20;162(2):123-32
Biswas A, Oh PI, Faulkner GE, Bajaj RR, Silver MA, Mitchell MS, Alter DA
Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2014 Jul;7(4):581-8
Ko DT, Austin PC, Tu JV, Lee DS, Yun L, 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