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.
Observing temporal trends in cardiac rehabilitation from 1996 to 2010 in Ontario: characteristics of referred patients, programme participation and mortality rates.
BMJ Open. 2015;5(11):e009523
Merits and Pitfalls of Using Observational "Big Data" to Inform Our Understanding of Socioeconomic Outcome Disparities.
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015 Oct 27;66(17):1898-900
The Feasibility of Financial Incentives to Increase Exercise Among Canadian Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients.
J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2015 Sep 22;
The Incidence of Major Cardiovascular Events in Immigrants to Ontario, Canada: The CANHEART Immigrant Study.
Circulation. 2015 Aug 31;
Synchronized personalized music audio-playlists to improve adherence to physical activity among patients participating in a structured exercise program: a proof-of-principle feasibility study.
Sports Med Open. 2015;1(1):7
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Aug 14;
Ann Intern Med. 2015 Jun 16;162(12):875-6
The Cardiovascular Health in Ambulatory Care Research Team (CANHEART): Using Big Data to Measure and Improve Cardiovascular Health and Healthcare Services.
Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2015 Feb 3;
Sedentary Time and Its Association With Risk for Disease Incidence, Mortality, and Hospitalization in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Ann Intern Med. 2015 Jan 20;162(2):123-32
Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2014 Jul;7(4):581-8
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