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.
Relationship between cardiac rehabilitation and survival after acute cardiac hospitalization within a universal health care system.
Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil. 2009 Feb;16(1):102-13
ICES report: five policy recommendations from Toronto's SARS outbreak to improve the safety and efficacy of restrictions on hospital admissions to manage infectious disease outbreaks.
Healthc Q. 2009;12(1):30-2
Am J Med. 2009 Feb;122(2):162-169.e1
Influence of socioeconomic status on lifestyle behavior modifications among survivors of acute myocardial infarction.
Am J Cardiol. 2008 Dec 15;102(12):1583-8
Factors associated with the use of evidence-based therapies after discharge among elderly patients with myocardial infarction.
CMAJ. 2008 Oct 21;179(9):901-8
Use of evidence-based therapies after discharge among elderly patients with acute myocardial infarction.
CMAJ. 2008 Oct 21;179(9):895-900
Patient satisfaction and its relationship with quality and outcomes of care after acute myocardial infarction.
Circulation. 2008 Nov 4;118(19):1938-45
Contribution of patient and physician factors to cardiac rehabilitation enrollment: a prospective multilevel study.
Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil. 2008 Oct;15(5):548-56
The relationship between depressive symptoms, health service consumption, and prognosis after acute myocardial infarction: a prospective cohort study.
BMC Health Serv Res. 2008;8:200
Design and implementation of a population-based registry of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) in Ontario.
Heart Rhythm. 2008 Sep;5(9):1250-6
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