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.
Item nonresponse to psychosocial questionnaires was associated with higher mortality after acute myocardial infarction.
J Clin Epidemiol. 2011 Feb;64(2):213-22
Depression and self-reported functional status: impact on mortality following acute myocardial infarction.
J Eval Clin Pract. 2011 Jun;17(3):444-51
Temporal trends in the use of percutaneous coronary intervention and coronary artery bypass surgery in New York State and Ontario.
Circulation. 2010 Jun 22;121(24):2635-44
Can J Cardiol. 2010 Mar;26(3):129-34
Early deaths in patients with heart failure discharged from the emergency department: a population-based analysis.
Circ Heart Fail. 2010 Mar;3(2):228-35
Impact of clinical urgency, physician supply and procedural capacity on regional variations in wait times for coronary angiography.
BMC Health Serv Res. 2010;10:5
CMAJ. 2010 Feb 9;182(2):143-51
Association between hospital cardiac management and outcomes for acute myocardial infarction patients.
Med Care. 2010 Feb;48(2):157-65
Effectiveness of public report cards for improving the quality of cardiac care: the EFFECT study: a randomized trial.
JAMA. 2009 Dec 2;302(21):2330-7
Popul Health Manag. 2009 Aug;12(4):205-8
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