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.
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
'Will walk for groceries': Acceptability of financial health incentives among Canadian cardiac rehabilitation patients.
Psychol Health. 2014;29(9):1032-43
Am J Prev Med. 2013 Nov;45(5):658-67
Predicting exercise adherence for patients with obesity and diabetes referred to a cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention program.
Can J Diabetes. 2013 Jun;37(3):189-94
Patients, providers, and systems: the complex and unfinished tale of socioeconomic status and health.
Can J Cardiol. 2013 Dec;29(12):1577-8
Socioeconomic status, functional recovery, and long-term mortality among patients surviving acute myocardial infarction.
PLoS One. 2013;8(6):e65130
JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Apr;6(4):515-22
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