Program Leads


Dr. Donna Manca

Dr. Donna Manca has been a family doctor for over 25 years and practices at the Grey Nuns Family Medicine Centre.  She obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1989 and her thesis titled ‘the Miscarriage Experience’ involved mixed methods including grounded theory.  In 1993, she joined the steering committee of the Alberta Family Practice Research Network (AFPRN) and became AFPRN’s Clinical Director in 2001.  She joined the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta in 2003 and is the Director of Research in the Department. She is one of the clinical directors involved in the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) and previously assisted the CPCSSN by chairing the Privacy and Ethics Standing Committee where she contributed to the implementation of a privacy and information security system for the CPCSSN, which obtained the International Association of Privacy Professionals' 2013 Privacy Innovation award. Her research expertise includes mixed-methods approaches including qualitative research methods.


Dr. Eva Grunfeld

Dr. Eva Grunfeld is the Director of the Knowledge Translation Research Network in the Health Services Research Program for Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.  At the same time, she is the Giblon Professor and Vice Chair (Research) at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.  From 2004 to 2008, she founded and directed the Cancer Outcomes Research Program at Cancer Care Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University.  She obtained her medical degree from McMaster University and doctoral degree in cancer epidemiology from Oxford University.  Her research focuses on evaluation and knowledge translation of cancer health services, covering the entire spectrum of cancer control activities and uses a mixed-methods approach including randomized controlled trials, qualitative research and outcomes research.  Dr. Grunfeld is recognized as an international leader in primary care research, including follow-up and cancer survivorship, and has been the lead author of many seminal randomized controlled trials on cancer follow-up care establishing the safety and acceptability of primary care based follow-up of breast cancer patients.



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