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.
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
Arch Intern Med. 2011 Feb 14;171(3):235-41
Grace SL, Russell KL, Reid RD, Oh P, Anand S, Rush J, Williamson K, Gupta M, Alter DA, Stewart DE, Cardiac Rehabilitation Care Continuity Through Automatic Referral Evaluation (CRCARE) Investigators
Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Feb;30(2):274-83
Alter DA, Stukel T, Chong A, Henry D
Am J Cardiol. 2011 Mar 1;107(5):690-6
Nolan RP, Upshur RE, Lynn H, Crichton T, Rukholm E, Stewart DE, Alter DA, Chessex C, Harvey PJ, Grace SL, Picard L, Michel I, Angus J, Corace K, Barry-Bianchi SM, Chen MH
Circulation. 2010 Nov 2;122(18):1806-14
Lee DS, Stukel TA, Austin PC, Alter DA, Schull MJ, You JJ, Chong A, Henry D, Tu JV


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