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.
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
JAMA. 2012 Mar 14;307(10):1037-45
Stukel TA, Fisher ES, Alter DA, Guttmann A, Ko DT, Fung K, Wodchis WP, Baxter NN, Earle CC, Lee DS
J Psychosom Res. 2012 Apr;72(4):293-9
Leung YW, Alter DA, Prior PL, Stewart DE, Irvine J, Grace SL
J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2012 Jan-Feb;32(1):41-7
Grace SL, Leung YW, Reid R, Oh P, Wu G, Alter DA, CRCARE Investigators
J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Jan;27(1):93-8
Tsang W, Alter DA, Wijeysundera HC, Zhang T, Ko DT
Can J Cardiol. 2011 Mar-Apr;27(2):200-7
Candido E, Richards JA, Oh P, Suskin N, Arthur HM, Fair T, Alter DA
Arch Intern Med. 2011 Jun 13;171(11):977-82
Hackam DG, Shojania KG, Spence JD, Alter DA, Beanlands RS, Dresser GK, Goela A, Davies AH, Badano LP, Poldermans D, Boersma E, Njike VY


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
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