Associate Professor Anupam Datta Gupta

Associate Professor Anupam Datta Gupta
 Position Associate Professor
 Org Unit Medical Specialties
 Location ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background



    Assoc Prof Anupam Datta Gupta MBBS, MD, Clin Dip Pall Medicine (RACP), Grad Dip Musc Med, FAFRM (RACP) is a physician specializing in Rehabilitation Medicine. He is currently the Head of Unit in General Rehabilitation in Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN). His research interests include functional restoration of the individuals with neurological disorders (gait, spasticity), cancer rehabilitation, and role of cognitive biases in preventing diagnostic errors in Medicine. He is the recipient of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) Scholarship and the Clinical Research Scholar Certificate by the Principle and Practice of Clinical Research by Harvard Medical School. He has submitted his doctoral thesis (PhD) on use of botulinum toxin A in improving health outcomes in neurological patients with spasticity and dystonia. This research led to the extension of the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) approved listing for botulinum toxin benefitting many neurological patients afflicted with spasticity and dystonia.


  • Qualifications

    2007 Fellow of Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (FAFRM). 

             Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

    2007 Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine. Faculty of Health                           

            Sciences, Flinders University.                                                                          

    2008 Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine. Royal Australasian College of                         

             Physicians (RACP).

    1990   Doctor of Medicine (MD).  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University

              of Calcutta,India.

    2007 Fellow of Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (FAFRM). 

             Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

    2007 Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine. Faculty of Health 

            Sciences, Flinders University.                                                                          

    2008   Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine. Royal Australasian College of                         

               Physicians  (RACP).

    1990   Doctor of Medicine (MD).  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of                   

               Calcutta, India.

    1986   M.B.B.S. University of Calcutta, India.



  • Awards & Achievements

    President’s award -for contribution to medical research, South Indian Medical Association (SAIMA), 2022. 

    Professor Derek Frewin AO Citation for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in the MBBS, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, 2012.


    International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) Scholarshipy Awarded by Australian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (Royal Australian College of Physicians) 2011.


    Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (PPCR) by Harvard Medical School- February 2011. PPCR is an intensive 8 months course on research methodology run   globally by the Harvard Medical School.


    Clinical Research Scholar certificate for outstanding performance and participation in PPCR - CME, Harvard Medical School, 2012. 


    Fellowship program for International session - 44th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. 6-8 June 2007, Kobe, Japan.


    Certificate of Recognition by the Special Interest Group in Musculoskeletal and Pain Medicine, Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (Royal Australasian College of     Physicians) - 2007.


    Adelaide Fee Scholarship International by University Scholarship Committee for PhD,  University of Adelaide, 2008.



  • Teaching Interests

    Musculoskeletal Medicine

    Rehabilitation in Neurological Disorders

    i.e, stroke and others

    Spasticity management


    Clinical Reasoning

    My contribution to teaching for the development of future medical practioners and allied health staff is a substantial and important part of my professional responsibility. I believe my research interests are also contributing to this currently and will add further value in years to come. My teaching, supervision and mentoring contributes to 4th, 5th and 6th year medical student education.  This involves lectures, bed side teaching/case presentation and evaluation of student performance. At a senior level my medical education commitment includes training of Rehabilitation Medicine registrars in their professional development. With reference to allied health staff, I contribute significantly to the education of physiotherapists and podiatrists who provide substantially to rehabilitation outcomes and quality of life. In addition, I have significant commitments to nursing staff education in their   annual continuous professional development (CPD).

    Undergraduate teaching

    I teach the 4th year medical students on human locomotion and gait, and 5th-year medical students on rehabilitation of motor impairments following stroke. I am involved with MEDIC ST 4018AHO and MEDIC ST 5009AHO (Musculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopaedic & Geriatrics and General Practice) in the Undergraduate Medicine (MBBS) Course/Program under University of Adelaide since 2010. I have also taught rehabilitation in deconditioning following medical and surgical illnesses. I am also involved in clinical teaching in the ward, outpatient clinics in neuromusculoskeletal conditions and improving functional recovery. I regularly conduct the assessment and evaluation of clinical placement students (Musculoskeletal module) along with clinical teaching. In recognition of my overall teaching skill, I have been awarded the Professor Derek Frewin Citation for Excellence in Clinical teaching in the MBBS, School of Medicine, Faulty of Health Science, University of Adelaide in 2012.

    Teaching of registrars

    My teaching role involves supervision and mentorship of the Rehabilitation Medicine Registrars who are training to be the specialists in the coming years. One of my registrar was awarded the best presentation award in the Annual Scientific Meeting of The South Australian branch of Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (CPD event) in 2013 (presented to Dr Yunos). I teach Geriatrics Medicine advanced trainees chronic pain management in the elderly.

    I regularly supervise the resident medical officers and the interns (University of Adelaide) in the wards and the clinics.

    I participate as an examiner in the OSCE examination for advanced trainees in Rehabilitation Medicine since 2009. I am also involved with the development of questions for Module 2 fellowship examination (AFRM), under Royal Australasian College of Physicians from 2016.

    Teaching of nursing staff and allied health

    I am regularly invited in the continuous professional development activity of the nursing staff and have delivered lectures on the following topics- i) Rehabilitation Medicine Pearls. ii) Rehabilitation Case Narratives ii) Cancer Rehabilitation in the Australian Rehabilitation Nurses Association (ARNA) Annual Scientific Meeting.

    I have presented in the Annual CPD meeting Australian Physiotherapy Association on pain management and in the Annual CPD meetings of the Podiatrists on the management of spastic and the dystonic foot. The physiotherapy students from the University regularly attend the multidisciplinary spasticity clinic every 1st and 3rd Friday that I run.

     I have been invited to present in the Annual Scientific Meeting of Australia New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine (ANZSOM) in 2018 as a Guest speaker on the topic of -Rethinking Diagnosis and Reducing Diagnostic Errors.


  • Research Interests



    Functional Improvement in Neurologcal Disorders (Neurological Rehabilitation)

    Use of Brain Computer Interphase in recovery of hand function post-stroke

    Neuropathic pain

    Cognitive Error and Diagnostic Biases

    Cancer Rehabilitation


  • Research Funding

    1. Brain Computer Interface to improve hand functions in stroke (ThincLab)-

        $150, 000-2021

    2. Winner of the Investigator Initiated Trial (IIT) Grant from Allergan $80,000

        (approx.)- 2017.

    3. The Hospital Research Foundation Grant -Basil Hetzel Research Institute.


    4.  ALLERGAN Industry Sponsored Grant for QEH Spasticity Clinic. $75,000-



  • Publications



    Datta Gupta A, Eyre R. Role of botulinum toxin in the management of hand ulceration due to post-stroke spasticity amongst aged care residents - a review. Accepted for publication in the Australian Journal of General Practice. Impact Factor -1.4




    Datta Gupta A, Edwards S, Smith J, Snow J, Visvanathan R, Tucker G, Wilson D. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Efficacy of Botulinum Toxin A for Neuropathic Pain. Toxins (Basel). 2022 Jan 3;14(1):36. doi: 10.3390/toxins14010036. PMID: 35051013; PMCID: PMC8780616. Impact Factor- 4.5


    Datta Gupta A. The art of diagnostic reasoning. Diagnosis (Berl). 2021 Dec 2. doi:  10.1515/dx-2021-0127. Impact Factor 1.4




    Datta Gupta A, Addison S. Healing spastic hand ulcers caused by focal spasticity. Int Wound J. 2020; 17:774–780. iwj.13335.  Impact Factor 3.3


    Datta Gupta A. Is the diagnosis written in the hand? compression neuropathy from the use of walking frame. Australian Journal of General Practice 2020; 49 (3): 121-123. Impact factor 1.4



    Datta Gupta A, Visvanathan R, Cameron ID, Koblar S, Howell S, Wilson D. Efficacy of Botulinum  Toxin A in Modifying Spasticity to Improve Walking and  Quality of Life in Post-Stroke Lower Limb Spasticity - a Randomized Double-blind Placebo Controlled Study. BMC Neurology 2019 May 11;19(1):96. doi: 10.1186/s12883-019-1325-3 2019 19:96. Impact factor 2.5.

    Datta Gupta A, Wilson D. Use of Botulinum Toxin to heal atypical pressure ulcers in the palm. Medical Journal of Australia. DOI: 10.5694/mja2.50452 Impact factor 7.7



    Datta Gupta A and Wilson D. Botulinum toxin for spasticity: a case for change to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Med J Aust 2018; 208 (9): 379-381. Impact factor 7.7


    Datta Gupta A, Chu WH, Howell S, Chakraborty S, Koblar S, Visvanathan R, Cameron I, Wilson D. A systematic review: Efficacy of Botulinum Toxin on Walking and Quality of Life in Post-Stroke Lower Limb Spasticity. Systematic Reviews 2018;7(91):1-9. Impact Factor 2.7

     Datta Gupta A, Tucker GKoblar SVisvanathan RCameron IDSpatiotemporal Gait Analysis and Lower Limb Functioning in Foot Dystonia Treated with Botulinum Toxin. Toxins (Basel) 2018. Dec 12;10(12). pii: E532. doi: 10.3390/toxins10120532. Impact Factor 4.0



    Position Statement Baguley I, Graff SD, Ganora A, Geffen S, Goh K, Gupta A, Olver J, Pollack M, Rawicki B. Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ) Position Statement on the Therapeutic Use of  Botulinum Toxin in Rehabilitation Medicine for spasticity and dystonia 2017.



    Datta Gupta A, Visvanathan R. Botulinum Toxin for Foot Dystonia in Parkinson’s Disease Patients with Deep Brain Stimulation - a case series and a pilot study. J Rehabil Med 2016; 48(6):559-562. Impact Factor 2.9

    Wing Hong C, Datta Gupta A. The effectiveness of botulinum toxin type A on gait and quality of life of adult post-stroke patients with lower limb spasticity: a systematic review protocol. JBI Database System Rev Implement Rep 2016;14 (6): 23-29.

    Datta Gupta A, Wilson D. Rethinking Diagnoses in Rehabilitation - an educational case series. J Rehabil Med. 2016; 48(5): 477-480. Impact Factor 2.5

  • Professional Associations

    2022   Australian Medical Association

    2016   Australian Society of Medical Research

    2008  International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine


    2007  Royal Australasian College of Physicians

    2007 Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine 


    2004 Indian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation



  • Community Engagement

    I am associated with STROKE SA (consortium of stroke patients, neurologists, neuroscientists) in their Annual General Meeting on “Walking after Stroke” highlighting the importance of walking and remaining functional after stroke.

    I am also involved with the PARKINSONS SA with their programs such as Walk in the Park and presented and published in their newsletter on “Walking with Parkinson’s Disease”.

    I am a regular presenter in the Adelaide Geriatrics Training and Research with Aged Care (G-TRAC) from 2015 on the topics of management of musculoskeletal pain and spasticity in elderly.

    I participate in the fund raising and Quiz nights organized by the Cancer Council and Leukaemia Foundation.  

    I was also invited by a group of Year 6 students of the Mercedes College to teach them about the skeletal system.


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