Nav Persaud

MD, MSc, BA, BSc



Dr. Nav Persaud is the Canada Research Chair in Health Justice, Staff Physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in Unity Health Toronto, and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

His research focuses on health equity or fairness, especially as it related to medicine access ( He also compares national essential medicines lists in collaboration with the World Health Organization (

Recent Publications

  1. Orkin, AM, Nicoll, G, Persaud, N, Pinto, AD. Reporting of Sociodemographic Variables in Randomized Clinical Trials, 2014-2020. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4 (6):e2110700. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.10700. PubMed PMID:34076703 PubMed Central PMC8173372.
  2. Traversy, G, Barnieh, L, Akl, EA, Allan, GM, Brouwers, M, Ganache, I et al.. CMAJ. 2021;193 (9):E324-E330. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.200651-f. PubMed PMID:33649178 PubMed Central PMC8034305.
  3. Traversy, G, Barnieh, L, Akl, EA, Allan, GM, Brouwers, M, Ganache, I et al.. Managing conflicts of interest in the development of health guidelines. CMAJ. 2021;193 (2):E49-E54. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.200651. PubMed PMID:33431547 PubMed Central PMC7773042.
  4. Li, X, Keown-Stoneman, CDG, Lebovic, G, Maguire, JL, Omand, JA, Sievenpiper, JL et al.. Body Mass Index Mediates the Association between Growth Trajectories and Cardiometabolic Risk in Children. Child Obes. 2021;17 (1):36-42. doi: 10.1089/chi.2020.0143. PubMed PMID:33252262 .
  5. Olawore, O, Astatke, H, Lillie, T, Persaud, N, Lyons, C, Kamali, D et al.. Peer Recruitment Strategies for Female Sex Workers Not Engaged in HIV Prevention and Treatment Services in Côte d'Ivoire: Program Data Analysis. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2020;6 (4):e18000. doi: 10.2196/18000. PubMed PMID:33001039 PubMed Central PMC7563635.
  6. Sud, A, Armas, A, Cunningham, H, Tracy, S, Foat, K, Persaud, N et al.. Multidisciplinary care for opioid dose reduction in patients with chronic non-cancer pain: A systematic realist review. PLoS One. 2020;15 (7):e0236419. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0236419. PubMed PMID:32716982 PubMed Central PMC7384622.
  7. Gunaseelan, V, Parkin, PC, Wahi, G, Birken, CS, Maguire, JL, Macarthur, C et al.. Maternal ethnicity and iron status in early childhood in Toronto, Canada: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2020;4 (1):e000635. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000635. PubMed PMID:32509978 PubMed Central PMC7254107.
  8. Leece, P, Shantharam, Y, Hassam, S, Buchman, DZ, Hamilton, M, Persaud, N et al.. Improving opioid guideline adherence: evaluation of a multifaceted, theory-informed pilot intervention for family physicians. BMJ Open. 2020;10 (1):e032167. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032167. PubMed PMID:31988224 PubMed Central PMC7044850.
  9. Birken, CS, Omand, JA, Nurse, KM, Borkhoff, CM, Koroshegyi, C, Lebovic, G et al.. Fit for School Study protocol: early child growth, health behaviours, nutrition, cardiometabolic risk and developmental determinants of a child's school readiness, a prospective cohort. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (11):e030709. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030709. PubMed PMID:31748293 PubMed Central PMC6886995.
  10. Persaud, N, Bedard, M, Boozary, AS, Glazier, RH, Gomes, T, Hwang, SW et al.. Effect on Treatment Adherence of Distributing Essential Medicines at No Charge: The CLEAN Meds Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2019; :. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.4472. PubMed PMID:31589276 PubMed Central PMC6784757.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Physician, Department of Family and Community Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto