Nav Persaud

MD, MSc, BA, BSc

Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Nav Persaud is a Staff Physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is also an Assistant Professor in 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. Lillie, TA, Persaud, NE, DiCarlo, MC, Gashobotse, D, Kamali, DR, Cheron, M et al.. Reaching the unreached: Performance of an enhanced peer outreach approach to identify new HIV cases among female sex workers and men who have sex with men in HIV programs in West and Central Africa. PLoS ONE. 2019;14 (4):e0213743. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0213743. PubMed PMID:30943205 PubMed Central PMC6447144.
  2. Sypes, EE, Parkin, PC, Birken, CS, Carsley, S, MacArthur, C, Maguire, JL et al.. Higher Body Mass Index Is Associated with Iron Deficiency in Children 1 to 3 Years of Age. J. Pediatr. 2019;207 :198-204.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.11.035. PubMed PMID:30630632 .
  3. Oatley, H, Borkhoff, CM, Chen, S, Macarthur, C, Persaud, N, Birken, CS et al.. Screening for Iron Deficiency in Early Childhood Using Serum Ferritin in the Primary Care Setting. Pediatrics. 2018;142 (6):. doi: 10.1542/peds.2018-2095. PubMed PMID:30487142 .
  4. Hunter, JA, Lee, T, Persaud, N. A comparison of the content and primary literature support for online medication information provided by Lexicomp and Wikipedia. J Med Libr Assoc. 2018;106 (3):352-360. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2018.256. PubMed PMID:29962913 PubMed Central PMC6013145.
  5. Persaud, N, Meaney, C, El-Emam, K, Moineddin, R, Thorpe, K. Doxylamine-pyridoxine for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy randomized placebo controlled trial: Prespecified analyses and reanalysis. PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (1):e0189978. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189978. PubMed PMID:29342163 PubMed Central PMC5771578.
  6. Wong, PD, Anderson, LN, Dai, DDW, Parkin, PC, Maguire, JL, Birken, CS et al.. The Association of Breastfeeding Duration and Early Childhood Cardiometabolic Risk. J. Pediatr. 2018;192 :80-85.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.09.071. PubMed PMID:29246362 .
  7. Sharp, JR, Maguire, JL, Carsley, S, Abdullah, K, Chen, Y, Perrin, EM et al.. Temperament Is Associated With Outdoor Free Play in Young Children: A TARGet Kids! Study. Acad Pediatr. ;18 (4):445-451. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2017.08.006. PubMed PMID:28842293 .
  8. 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;30 (8):839-846. doi: 10.1515/jpem-2016-0328. PubMed PMID:28723611 .
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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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