Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431


Scott Alter, M.D., M.B.A., N.R.P.

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Tel. (561) 737-7733, Ext. 87410


Scott Alter, MD, MBA, NRP, FACEP, FAAEM is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Research Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. His responsibilities include overseeing emergency medicine research and emergency medical services education, in addition to serving as core faculty for the emergency medicine residency. Dr. Alter also works clinically as an emergency physician at Bethesda Hospital East and Delray Medical Center. 

Dr. Alter completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he became interested in research and earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies. Dr. Alter earned his medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (then UMDNJ) in Piscataway, New Jersey. He then earned his Master of Business Administration with specialization in Health Administration from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Dr. Alter completed his emergency medicine residency at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey. He went on to complete a fellowship in Emergency Medical Services at Carolinas Medical Center and Mecklenburg EMS Agency in Charlotte, North Carolina. Following training, Dr. Alter joined Emergency Medicine Physicians, working in community practice within Carolinas Healthcare System in the Charlotte region. He also served as System EMS Director for EMP of Mecklenburg County.

Dr. Alter is a Nationally Registered Paramedic. He started in emergency medical services as a volunteer EMT during high school and college. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Dr. Alter completed his paramedic training. He then went on to work as a practicing paramedic, continuing to do so throughout medical school and residency.

Dr. Alter is dual board certified in emergency medicine and emergency medical services. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the National Association of EMS Physicians.


  • 2004: B.S. Communication Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2010: M.D. Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (formerly UMDNJ), Piscataway, NJ
  • 2018: M.B.A. with specialization in Health Administration, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

  • 2016-present: Associate Research Director of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Integrated Medical Science, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
  • 2014-2016: System EMS Director and Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine Physicians of Mecklenburg, Charlotte, NC
  • 2013-2016: Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, NC
  • 2013-2014: Fellow, Emergency Medical Services, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
  • 2010-2013: Resident, Emergency Medicine, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ
  • 2018: M.B.A. with specialization in Health Administration, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Alter SM, Walsh B, Lenehan PJ, Shih RD. Radiology report “disclaimers” increase the use of abdominal CT in the work-up of pediatric abdominal pain. Am J Emerg Med. 2018;36(4):556-559.
  • Canelas CM, Shih RD, Clayton LM, Giroski LJ, Alter SM, Feinstein S, Learman, LA Feinstein S, Learman LA. Repeat acute abdomen and hemoperitoneum during the same pregnancy due to a ruptured ectopic treated by salpingostomy. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2017;36(6):942.e1-942.e3.
  • Alter SM, Walsh B, Lenehan PJ, Shih RD. Ultrasound for diagnosis of appendicitis in a community hospital emergency department has a high rate of non-diagnostic studies. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2017;52(6):833-838.
  • Caceres JW, Alter SM, Shih RD, Fernandez JD, Williams FK, Paley R, Benda W, Clayton LM. Standardized physician-administered patient-centered discharge protocol improves patients‘ comprehension. Southern Medical Journal. 2017;110(5):359-362.
  • Alter SM, Infinger A, Swanson DR, Studnek JR. Evaluating clinical care in the prehospital setting: Is Rapid Emergency Medicine Score the missing metric of EMS?. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2017;35(2):218-221.
  • Alter SM, Eskin B, Allegra JR. Diagnosis of aortic dissections in emergency department patients is rare. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2015;16(5):629-631.
  • Appiah O, Knobloch-Westerwick S, Alter SM. Ingroup favoritism and outgroup derogation: Effects of news valence, character race, and recipient race on selective news reading. Journal of Communication. 2013;63(3):517-534.
  • Alter SM, Merlin MA. Nosocomial and community-acquired infection rates of patients treated by pre-hospital advanced life support compared to other admitted patients. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2011;29(1):57-64.
  • Merlin MA, Saybolt M, Kapitanyan R, Alter SM, Jeges J, Liu J, Calabrese S, Rynn KO, Perritt R, Pryor PW II. Intranasal naloxone delivery is an alternative to intravenous naloxone for opioid overdoses. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2010;28(3):296-303.
  • Saybolt MD, Alter SM, Dos Santos FD, Calello DP, Rynn KO, Nelson DA, Merlin MA. Naloxone in cardiac arrest with suspected opioid overdoses. Resuscitation. 2010;81(1):42-46.
  • Merlin MA, Alter SM, Raffel B, Pryor PW II. External blood loss estimation using the MAR Method. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2009;27(9):1085-1090.
  • Knobloch-Westerwick S, Appiah O, Alter S. News selection patterns as a function of race: The discerning minority and the indiscriminating majority. Media Psychology. 2008;11(3):400-417.
  • Knobloch-Westerwick S, Alter S. The gender news use divide: Americans’ sex-typed selective exposure to news topics. Journal of Communication. 2007;57(4):739-758.
  • Knobloch-Westerwick S, Alter S. Mood adjustment to social situations through mass media use: How men ruminate and women dissipate negative moods. Human Communication Research. 2006;32(1):58-73.
  • Knobloch-Westerwick S, Sharma N, Hansen D, Alter S. Impact of popularity indications on readers’ selective exposure to online news. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. 2005;49(3):296-313.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine
  • Member of National Association of EMS Physicians

Board Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency Medical Services, American Board of Emergency Medicine

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