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.
CMAJ. 2010 Feb 9;182(2):143-51
You JJ, Alter DA, Stukel TA, McDonald SD, Laupacis A, Liu Y, Ray JG
Med Care. 2010 Feb;48(2):157-65
Stukel TA, Alter DA, Schull MJ, Ko DT, Li P
JAMA. 2009 Dec 2;302(21):2330-7
Tu JV, Donovan LR, Lee DS, Wang JT, Austin PC, Alter DA, Ko DT
Popul Health Manag. 2009 Aug;12(4):205-8
Puterman J, Alter DA
Am J Med. 2009 Feb;122(2):162-169.e1
Lee DS, Austin PC, Stukel TA, Alter DA, Chong A, Parker JD, Tu JV
Am J Cardiol. 2008 Dec 15;102(12):1583-8
Chan RH, Gordon NF, Chong A, Alter DA, Socio-Economic and Acute Myocardial Infarction Investigators


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