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. 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 .
  2. Emmanuel, F, Persaud, N, Weir, SS, Bhattacharjee, P, Isac, S. Programmatic Mapping: Providing Evidence for High Impact HIV Prevention Programs for Female Sex Workers. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2019;5 (2):e12636. doi: 10.2196/12636. PubMed PMID:31172964 PubMed Central PMC6592495.
  3. Wong, VCH, Maguire, JL, Omand, JA, Dai, DWH, Lebovic, G, Parkin, PC et al.. A Positive Association Between Dietary Intake of Higher Cow's Milk-Fat Percentage and Non-High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol in Young Children. J. Pediatr. 2019;211 :105-111.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.03.047. PubMed PMID:31104850 .
  4. Carsley, S, Parkin, PC, Tu, K, Pullenayegum, E, Persaud, N, Maguire, JL et al.. Reliability of routinely collected anthropometric measurements in primary care. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2019;19 (1):84. doi: 10.1186/s12874-019-0726-8. PubMed PMID:31014250 PubMed Central PMC6480730.
  5. 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.
  6. Thombs, BD, Straus, SE, Moore, AE, Au nom du Groupe d’étude canadien sur les soins de santé préventifs, Les membres collaborateurs du Groupe d’étude canadien sur les soins de santé préventifs étaient. Can Fam Physician. 2019;65 (1):e5-e7. . PubMed PMID:30674523 PubMed Central PMC6347313.
  7. Thombs, BD, Straus, SE, Moore, AE, Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, Collaborating Members of the Canadian Task Force for Preventive Health Care. Update on task force terminology and outreach activities: Advancing guideline usability for the Canadian primary care context. Can Fam Physician. 2019;65 (1):12-13. . PubMed PMID:30674508 PubMed Central PMC6347305.
  8. 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 .
  9. 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 .
  10. 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.
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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