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.
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
Health impact of hospital restrictions on seriously ill hospitalized patients: lessons from the Toronto SARS outbreak.
Med Care. 2008 Sep;46(9):991-7
J Clin Epidemiol. 2008 Oct;61(10):1073-9
The relationship between physician supply, cardiovascular health service use and cardiac disease burden in Ontario: supply-need mismatch.
Can J Cardiol. 2008 Mar;24(3):187-93
Regional variation in cardiac catheterization appropriateness and baseline risk after acute myocardial infarction.
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008 Feb 19;51(7):716-23
Life expectancy after an index hospitalization for patients with heart failure: a population-based study.
Am Heart J. 2008 Feb;155(2):324-31
JAMA. 2007 Dec 12;298(22):2634-43
High-dose statins are cost-effective compared with conventional-dose statins in patients with acute coronary syndromes.
ACP J Club. 2007 Nov-Dec;147(3):80
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