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.
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...
Med Care. 2008 Sep;46(9):991-7
Stukel TA, Schull MJ, Guttmann A, Alter DA, Li P, Vermeulen MJ, Manuel DG, Zwarenstein M
J Clin Epidemiol. 2008 Oct;61(10):1073-9
Gravely-Witte S, Stewart DE, Suskin N, Higginson L, Alter DA, Grace SL
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008 Feb 19;51(7):716-23
Ko DT, Wang Y, Alter DA, Curtis JP, Rathore SS, Stukel TA, Masoudi FA, Ross JS, Foody JM, Krumholz HM
Am Heart J. 2008 Feb;155(2):324-31
Ko DT, Alter DA, Austin PC, You JJ, Lee DS, Qiu F, Stukel TA, Tu JV


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