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.
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
Neurology. 2012 Sep 18;79(12):1200-7
Obesity, lifestyle risk-factors, and health service outcomes among healthy middle-aged adults in Canada.
BMC Health Serv Res. 2012;12:238
J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Sep;27(9):1171-9
Ambulatory surveillance of patients referred for cardiac rehabilitation following cardiac hospitalization: a feasibility study.
Can J Cardiol. 2012 Jul-Aug;28(4):497-501
Association of hospital spending intensity with mortality and readmission rates in Ontario hospitals.
JAMA. 2012 Mar 14;307(10):1037-45
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