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.
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
Circulation. 2008 Nov 4;118(19):1938-45
Lee DS, Tu JV, Chong A, Alter DA
Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil. 2008 Oct;15(5):548-56
Grace SL, Gravely-Witte S, Brual J, Monette G, Suskin N, Higginson L, Alter DA, Stewart DE
Heart Rhythm. 2008 Sep;5(9):1250-6
Lee DS, Birnie D, Cameron D, Crystal E, Dorian P, Gula LJ, Healey JS, Janmohammed A, Khaykin Y, Krahn AD, LeFeuvre C, Simpson CS, Yee R, Hardy J, Slaughter PM, Chen Z, Alter DA, Laupacis A, Tu JV, Population-Based Registry of Implantable Cardioverter...


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