Dr. Shovan Saha MOT, PhD

Hand & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 
Associate Professor Dept. of Occupational Therapy Manipal University, India


Dr. Shovan Saha, Associate Professor and former Head, Dept of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences[1997-2014], Manipal University; graduated in Occupational Therapy in 1994 from Utkal University, Orissa, completed his post professional Masters in Occupational Therapy from Mumbai University, Mumbai in 1996 and Doctoral Degree in 2014 from Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka.

He is involved in occupational therapy education at Manipal University both for graduate and post professional post graduate program. He is also engaged as a clinician at the Manipal University Kasturba Hospital. His area of clinical interest has been in the field of HAND REHABILITATION, SPLINTING & LOW TECHNOLOGY REHABILITATION DEVICES. He has to his credit numerous indigenous designs of splints and low tech devices, and techniques in clinical management of wide range of conditions involving the upper extremity.

He is currently the Executive Committee Member of Academic Council of Occupational Therapy [ACOT] of All India Occupational Therapist’s Association [AIOTA], Vice- President of Indian Society for Hand Therapy, designated Hand Therapy Educator by IFSHT and is the founder and chief resource person of Certificate Course in Hand Splinting, listed with IFSHT, at Manipal University.

He has authored articles in national & international journals, and chapters in text books. Presented several papers and is an invited speaker both at national & international forums. He is recipient of several national & international awards for his work on splinting & low technology devices, and also as a dedicated teacher of Occupational Therapy. He is winner of several national AIOTA Trophies, Professional Excellence Award, FACOT Award, Maddak International Award at AOTA, Best Teacher Award at Manipal University, Manipal Foundation Grant for his PhD, Outstanding Post Graduate Nomination at LTM Medical College, Excellence in Hand Splinting Training, Travel Grant from Manipal University for researching on the life of Kamala V. Nimbkar and SHT, India award.

He also is involved in several international projects of World Federation of Occupational Therapy, WHO-ICF, and is a consultant to reputed organizations like Handicap International.

He has already trained 42 batches in the live Hand Splinting training program and is Guide for Master of Occupational Therapy for specialization in Hand & Musculoskeletal Conditions. He also facilitated in setting-up of occupational therapy training program in the state of Goa by Goa Government.

He is also involved in creating opportunity for international clinical placement at Manipal University for occupational therapy students from approximately 10 countries.