Nav Persaud

MD, MSc, BA, BSc

Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Nav Persaud is a staff physician at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Persaud’s research focuses on enhancing the ability of primary care to address health inequities through the development and application of high quality evidence. He is currently leading practice-based randomized controlled trials to: (1) explore the impacts of offering primary care patients free and convenient access to essential medications (details here) and (2) evaluate the potential of xylitol to prevent ear infections and dental cavities in preschool-aged children. Dr. Persaud’s trials are developed with ongoing input from community members and patients.


Recent Publications

  1. Persaud, N, Ahmad, H. Can Fam Physician. 2017;63 (4):e204-e206. . PubMed PMID:28404716 .
  2. Persaud, N, Ahmad, H. Canadian list of essential medications: Potential and uncertainties. Can Fam Physician. 2017;63 (4):266-268. . PubMed PMID:28404694 .
  3. Lowe, A, Hamilton, M, Greenall BScPhm MHSc, J, Ma, J, Dhalla, I, Persaud, N et al.. Fatal overdoses involving hydromorphone and morphine among inpatients: a case series. CMAJ Open. ;5 (1):E184-E189. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20160013. PubMed PMID:28401133 PubMed Central PMC5378545.
  4. Taglione, MS, Ahmad, H, Slater, M, Aliarzadeh, B, Glazier, RH, Laupacis, A et al.. Development of a preliminary essential medicines list for Canada. CMAJ Open. ;5 (1):E137-E143. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20160122. PubMed PMID:28401130 PubMed Central PMC5378503.
  5. Wong, PD, Birken, CS, Parkin, PC, Venu, I, Chen, Y, Schroth, RJ et al.. Total Breast-Feeding Duration and Dental Caries in Healthy Urban Children. Acad Pediatr. 2017;17 (3):310-315. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2016.10.021. PubMed PMID:28385327 .
  6. Morgan, SG, Li, W, Yau, B, Persaud, N. Estimated effects of adding universal public coverage of an essential medicines list to existing public drug plans in Canada. CMAJ. 2017;189 (8):E295-E302. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.161082. PubMed PMID:28246223 PubMed Central PMC5325730.
  7. Lofters, AK, Schuler, A, Slater, M, Baxter, NN, Persaud, N, Pinto, AD et al.. Using self-reported data on the social determinants of health in primary care to identify cancer screening disparities: opportunities and challenges. BMC Fam Pract. 2017;18 (1):31. doi: 10.1186/s12875-017-0599-z. PubMed PMID:28241787 PubMed Central PMC5330155.
  8. Zhang, R, Persaud, N. 8-Way Randomized Controlled Trial of Doxylamine, Pyridoxine and Dicyclomine for Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy: Restoration of Unpublished Information. PLoS ONE. 2017;12 (1):e0167609. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0167609. PubMed PMID:28052111 PubMed Central PMC5215753.
  9. Cox, KA, Parkin, PC, Anderson, LN, Chen, Y, Birken, CS, Maguire, JL et al.. Association Between Meat and Meat-Alternative Consumption and Iron Stores in Early Childhood. Acad Pediatr. ;16 (8):783-791. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2016.01.003. PubMed PMID:26804490 .
  10. Saunders, NR, Parkin, PC, Birken, CS, Maguire, JL, Borkhoff, CM, TARGet Kids! Collaboration et al.. Iron status of young children from immigrant families. Arch. Dis. Child. 2016;101 (12):1130-1136. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-309398. PubMed PMID:27582457 .
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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