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. 2007 Oct 9;177(8):887-9
Triage for coronary artery bypass graft surgery in Canada: do patients agree on who should come first?
BMC Health Serv Res. 2007;7:118
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2007 Jun 26;49(25):2408-15
Effect of widespread restrictions on the use of hospital services during an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome.
CMAJ. 2007 Jun 19;176(13):1827-32
Arch Intern Med. 2007 Apr 23;167(8):808-13
Am Heart J. 2007 Apr;153(4):462-70
Analysis of observational studies in the presence of treatment selection bias: effects of invasive cardiac management on AMI survival using propensity score and instrumental variable methods.
JAMA. 2007 Jan 17;297(3):278-85
Relationship between adherence to evidence-based pharmacotherapy and long-term mortality after acute myocardial infarction.
JAMA. 2007 Jan 10;297(2):177-86
Regional differences in process of care and outcomes for older acute myocardial infarction patients in the United States and Ontario, Canada.
Circulation. 2007 Jan 16;115(2):196-203
Factors explaining the under-use of reperfusion therapy among ideal patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction.
Eur Heart J. 2006 Jul;27(13):1539-49
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