Faculty Members

Dr. Donna Manca

Research Director
Department of Family Medicine
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About Me


  • 1997 Fellowship in Family Medicine, the Canadian College of Family Physicians (FCFP)
  • 1989 Master of Clinical Science (MClSc), Family Medicine, University of Western Ontario
  • 1985 Certification of the Canadian College of Family Physicians (CCFP)
  • 1981 Medical Doctor (MD), with Distinction
  • 1979 Bachelor of Medical Science (BMSc), University of Alberta

Positions and other experience

  • 2013-present  Northern Alberta Primary Care Research Network (NAPCReN)
  • 2009-present   Associate Professor, University of Alberta Director
  • 2006-present   Director of Research, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta 
  • 2003-present   Academic teaching practice
  • 2001-present   Clinical Director, Alberta Family Practice Research Network (AFPRN)
  • 1998-2002       Co-founder of MOM Care (an innovative obstetrical care group admitting patients to the Royal Alexandra Hospital)
  • Private practice prior to 2003

Dr. Manca's clinical experience includes a brief time of practice in the Central arctic including: Yellowknife, Cambridge Bay, Spence Bay, Gjoa Haven and Coppermine in 1983. After that she returned to practice in Edmonton and has been with many of her patients for over 30 years. Her clinical experience informs her research.


Dr. Donna Patricia Manca is Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine. Her research interests include primary care, privacy, ethics, research networks, chronic disease prevention, screening, and management. Dr. Manca was the Co-Principal Investigator of the BETTER trial and BETTER Program (Building on Existing Tools to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening in Primary Care). This role included: overseeing and coordinating the entire project; clinical engagement; conduct of research and evaluation; translation and dissemination of findings to various groups; and finally implementation of meaningful findings.

Dr. Manca became acutely aware that family physicians need to seek answers to their questions to improve their practice; however they are isolated in their practices. Family physicians lack good sources of information and lack the infrastructure to engage in practice improvement and research. She saw research networks as a method to improve knowledge exchange between policy, research and practice. She is the Clinical Director of the Alberta Family Practice Research network (AFPRN), an initiative of the Alberta College of Family Physicians and and the Director of the Northern Alberta Primary Care Research Network (NAPCReN), a network contributing data to the Canadian Primary Care Research Network (CPCSSN). Dr. Manca received the 2011 Alberta College of Family Physicians Recognition of Excellence Award for commitment to furthering primary care, community practice-based research, and she contributed to the implementation of privacy and information security system for the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network which obtained the international association of privacy professionals 2013 privacy innovation award.

Research Keywords

Research Networks, Primary Care Research, Chronic Disease (management, prevention and screening), Implementation