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.
Association of hospital spending intensity with mortality and readmission rates in Ontario hospitals.
JAMA. 2012 Mar 14;307(10):1037-45
Posttraumatic growth in coronary artery disease outpatients: relationship to degree of trauma and health service use.
J Psychosom Res. 2012 Apr;72(4):293-9
The role of systematic inpatient cardiac rehabilitation referral in increasing equitable access and utilization.
J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2012 Jan-Feb;32(1):41-7
The impact of cardiovascular disease prevalence on women's enrollment in landmark randomized cardiovascular trials: a systematic review.
J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Jan;27(1):93-8
The relationship between need and capacity for multidisciplinary cardiovascular risk-reduction programs in Ontario.
Can J Cardiol. 2011 Mar-Apr;27(2):200-7
Influence of noninvasive cardiovascular imaging in primary prevention: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials.
Arch Intern Med. 2011 Jun 13;171(11):977-82
Effect of cardiac rehabilitation referral strategies on utilization rates: a prospective, controlled study.
Arch Intern Med. 2011 Feb 14;171(3):235-41
Lesson from Canada's Universal Care: socially disadvantaged patients use more health services, still have poorer health.
Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Feb;30(2):274-83
Therapeutic benefit of preventive telehealth counseling in the Community Outreach Heart Health and Risk Reduction Trial.
Am J Cardiol. 2011 Mar 1;107(5):690-6
Improved outcomes with early collaborative care of ambulatory heart failure patients discharged from the emergency department.
Circulation. 2010 Nov 2;122(18):1806-14
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