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, Ziai, H, Lebovic, G, Maguire, JL, Khovratovich, M, Simpson, JAR et al.. Parent reported nutritional risk and laboratory indices of cardiometabolic risk and in preschool-aged children. J. Pediatr. Endocrinol. Metab. 2017; :. doi: 10.1515/jpem-2016-0328. PubMed PMID:28723611 .
  2. Persaud, N, Lee, T, Ahmad, H, Li, W, Taglione, MS, Rajakulasingam, Y et al.. Protocol for a randomised controlled trial evaluating the effects of providing essential medicines at no charge: the Carefully seLected and Easily Accessible at No Charge Medicines (CLEAN Meds) trial. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (5):e015686. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015686. PubMed PMID:28611089 .
  3. Wang, A, Lemmens, T, Persaud, N. Can Fam Physician. 2017;63 (5):348-350. . PubMed PMID:28500187 PubMed Central PMC5429046.
  4. Wang, A, Lemmens, T, Persaud, N. Medication access via hospital admission. Can Fam Physician. 2017;63 (5):344-347. . PubMed PMID:28500186 PubMed Central PMC5429045.
  5. Busse, JW, Craigie, S, Juurlink, DN, Buckley, DN, Wang, L, Couban, RJ et al.. Guideline for opioid therapy and chronic noncancer pain. CMAJ. 2017;189 (18):E659-E666. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.170363. PubMed PMID:28483845 PubMed Central PMC5422149.
  6. Persaud, N, Ahmad, H. Can Fam Physician. 2017;63 (4):e204-e206. . PubMed PMID:28404716 PubMed Central PMC5389772.
  7. Persaud, N, Ahmad, H. Canadian list of essential medications: Potential and uncertainties. Can Fam Physician. 2017;63 (4):266-268. . PubMed PMID:28404694 PubMed Central PMC5389750.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 .
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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