Donna Manca

Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Family Medicine Dept


Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Family Medicine Dept
(780) 492-8102
6-10 University Terrace
8303 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2T4


Area of Study / Keywords

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



  • 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

  • 2022-present   Director of Quality Improvement, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta 
  • 2018-present   Professor, University of Alberta Director
  • 2017-present   Medical Director, Physician Learning Program PLP & L3, University of Alberta
  • 2013-present   Director, Northern Alberta Primary Care Research Network (NAPCReN)
  • 2003-present   Academic teaching practice
  • 2006-2022       Director of Research, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta 
  • 2001-2014       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.

Featured Publications

BMC Primary Care. 2022 May; 23 (1):124 10.1186/s12875-022-01731-w

Garrison SR, Kolber MR, Allan GM, Bakal J, Green L, Singer A, Trueman DR, McAlister FA, Padwal RS, Hill MD, Manns B, McGrail K, O'Neill B, Greiver M, Froentjes LS, Manca DP, Mangin D, Wong ST, MacLean C, Kirkwood JE, McCracken R, McCormack JP, Norris C, Korownyk T.

BMJ Open. 2022 February; 12 (2):e059711 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-059711

Katrina E. Donahue Donna Manca Jacqueline R. Halladay Jinping Xu Rowena J. Dolor Hazel Tapp Elexia Wright Michelle L. Hernandez Jack Westfall Donald E. Nease, Jr.

HEALTH AFFAIRS FOREFRONT . 2022 January; 10.1377/forefront.20220118.451069

Rukia Swaleh, Taylor McGuckin, Tyler W. Myroniuk, Donna Manca, Karen Lee, Arya M. Sharma, Denise Campbell-Scherer and Roseanne O. Yeung

CMAJ Open. 2021 December; 9 (4) 10.9778/cmajo.20200231

Sopcak N., Fernandes C., O’Brien M.A., Ofosu D., Wong M., Wong T., Kebbe M., Manca D.

BMC Family Practice. 2021 December; 22 (1) 10.1186/s12875-021-01503-y

Lofters A.K., O’Brien M.A., Sutradhar R., Pinto A.D., Baxter N.N., Donnelly P., Elliott R., Glazier R.H., Huizinga J., Kyle R., Manca D.M., Pietrusiak M.A., Rabeneck L., Riordan B., Selby P., Sivayoganathan K., Snider C., Sopcak N., Thorpe K., Tinmouth J., Wall B., Zuo F., Grunfeld E., Paszat L.

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH. 2021 August; 21 (1) 10.1186/s12889-021-11452-x

Roni Y Kraut, Donna Manca, Aisha Lofters, Kaili Hoffart, Uzma Khan, Stephanie Liu, Jasmine Rehmani, Oksana Babenko

Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease. 2021 June; 0.1097/LGT.0000000000000610

Garies S., McBrien K., Quan H., Manca D., Drummond N., Williamson T.

BMC Public Health. 2021 February; 21 (1):264 10.1186/s12889-021-10295-w

Aponte-Hao S., Wong S.T., Thandi M., Ronksley P., McBrien K., Lee J., Grandy M., Katz A., Mangin D., Singer A., Manca D., Williamson T.

International journal of population data science. 2021 January; 6 (1) 10.23889/ijpds.v6i1.1650

Individuals, communities and population health digital research infrastructure: incorporating primary care electronic medical record data as part of a primary health care information system.

A white paper submitted to the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) . 2020 December;

Sabrina T. Wong, David Barber, Michelle Greiver, Donna Manca, John Queenan, Ayat Salman

Internet publication. 2020 December; 0 (0):0 0

The use of eConsultation to improve delivery of clinical genetics to primary care: Preliminary findings of geneticist data


Boisvenue JJ, Oliva CU, Manca DP, Johnson JA, Yeung RO

CMAJ Open. 2020 November; 8 (4):E779-E787 10.9778/cmajo.20200007

Canadia Journal of Diabetes. 2020 October; 10.1016/j.jcjd.2020.08.073

Sarah Dash, Victoria Delibasic, Sadeem Alsaeed, Michael Ward, Katherine Jefferson, Donna P Manca, JoAnne Arcand

Journal of Community Health. 2020 October; 10.1007/s10900-020-00831-x