Dr. Ranita Manocha, MD, MSc, FRCPC, CSCN(EMG)

Ranita Manocha

Clinical Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Full Member

McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

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Office: +1.403.220.5012
Email: kelly.johnston2@ucalgary.ca
Twitter: @UCalgarymed

Phone number

Clinical Office: 403.944.4224


Lab Office: HMRB453

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Clinician Investigator Program, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada,

FRCPC, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada,

CSCN(EMG), Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology,

Educational Background

BA Cross-Disciplinary Studies, University of Western Ontario,

MD University of British Columbia,

MSc Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario,

Residency Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Western Ontario,


Dr. Ranita Manocha is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Calgary. Dr. Manocha’s research interests involve the biomechanics of the elbow, walking aids, and braces. She has also evaluated Canadian professional school curricula around walking aids and has developed a novel app to teach people how to use their walking aids. She has also collaborated with scientists to understand how joint hypermobility conditions affect proprioception and tendon stiffness.

Dr. Manocha is looking for undergraduate, graduate, medical, and post-doctoral research trainees. She has supervised award-winning research trainees from Community Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, Engineering, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.

Dr. Manocha developed the Connective Tissue Disorders Rehabilitation Clinic at Foothills Medical Centre where she works with patients with conditions such as generalized joint hypermobility, the Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, Marfan Syndrome, Loewy-Dietz Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Stickler Syndrome, and familial thoracic aneurysm and dissection syndromes, amongst others. Dr. Manocha also built the Bracing and Mobility Clinic at Foothills Medical Centre where she works with patients who require braces for the upper or lower limbs or spine, or who have difficulties with walking. Dr. Manocha also does outpatient electromyography and wheelchair seating clinics.

Finally, Dr. Manocha is very passionate about teaching. She has helped develop the bracing and wheelchair seating curricula for the physiatry residents in Calgary and has been involved in undergraduate medicine education on musculoskeletal conditions. She has supervised a number of clinical trainees from undergraduate medicine, family medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, neurology, orthopedic surgery, pediatric neurology, pediatrics, physiatry, palliative medicine, and vascular surgery.

Dr. Manocha's grand visions are:

  • to develop a multidisciplinary centre for assessment and management of Connective Tissue Disorders in Southern Alberta,
  • to build the research evidence for rehabilitating conditions that cause ligamentous laxity,
  • to build a centre for clinical excellence in bracing in Southern Alberta,
  • to build local research capacity in evaluating brace and walking aid effectiveness,
  • to develop a national program to evaluate walking aids,
  • and to improve public and clinical professional awareness of the PM&R specialty.

Please reach out if you are interested in collaborating.


Areas of Research

Conditions Causing Ligamentous Laxity, Bracing, Gait and Walking Aids


Course number Course title Semester
BMEN 500
CORE 594/595
HSOC 408
KNES 441/443/445
PTHER 554 (University of Alberta)