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.
Psychol Health. 2014;29(9):1032-43
Mitchell MS, Goodman JM, Alter DA, Oh PI, Faulkner GE
Am J Prev Med. 2013 Nov;45(5):658-67
Mitchell MS, Goodman JM, Alter DA, John LK, Oh PI, Pakosh MT, Faulkner GE
Can J Cardiol. 2013 Dec;29(12):1577-8
Wijeysundera HC, Bennell MC, Alter DA
PLoS One. 2013;8(6):e65130
Alter DA, Franklin B, Ko DT, Austin PC, Lee DS, Oh PI, Stukel TA, Tu JV
JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Apr;6(4):515-22
Blecker S, Bhatia RS, You JJ, Lee DS, Alter DA, Wang JT, Wong HJ, Tu JV
Neurology. 2012 Sep 18;79(12):1200-7
Kapral MK, Fang J, Chan C, Alter DA, Bronskill SE, Hill MD, Manuel DG, Tu JV, Anderson GM
BMC Health Serv Res. 2012;12:238
Alter DA, Wijeysundera HC, Franklin B, Austin PC, Chong A, Oh PI, Tu JV, Stukel TA
J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Sep;27(9):1171-9
Alter DA, Ko DT, Tu JV, Stukel TA, Lee DS, Laupacis A, Chong A, Austin PC
Can J Cardiol. 2012 Jul-Aug;28(4):497-501
Alter DA, Habot J, Grace SL, Fair T, Kiernan D, Clark W, Fell D


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