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.
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
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
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