New Chair in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Toronto Rehab Foundation is proud to announce Dr. David Alter as the inaugural Toronto Rehab Chair in Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Dr. Alter is a Senior Scientist with the Toronto Rehab’s Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program which helps people with heart disease improve their cardiac health and fitness by making lasting lifestyle and behaviour changes. Dr. Alter is also a Senior Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

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.

Also an Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto, Dr. Alter is the senior author of the recently published study Sedentary Time and Its Association With Risk for Disease Incidence, Mortality, and Hospitalization in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.  This study finds that the amount of time a person sits during the day is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death, regardless of regular exercise.  Learn more 

Dr. Alter shared his findings in the lecture – “Why Sitting is Hazardous to Your Health” - at this year’s February 2015 On Track to Cardiac Recovery fundraising walk.

This new Toronto Rehab Chair in Cardiac Rehabilitation was established thanks to the support of On Track to Cardiac Recovery past event proceeds.  Thank you to all our participants, sponsors, volunteers and supporters for helping found this important new Chair.

“On Track to Cardiac Recovery is such an important event for so many reasons. It demonstrates the power of community and the immeasurable value of supporting each other through the rehabilitation journey back from a heart attack or cardiovascular disease,” says Toronto Rehab Foundation’s President and CEO, Cindy Yelle.  “It is amazing that we are able to support advancements in Cardiac Rehabilitation through the establishment of this Chair. Congratulations to Dr. Alter on his much deserved appointment.”

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