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. Shaver, N, Bennett, A, Beck, A, Skidmore, B, Traversy, G, Brouwers, M et al.. Health equity considerations in guideline development: a rapid scoping review. CMAJ Open. 2023;11 (2):E357-E371. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20220130. PubMed PMID:37171906 PubMed Central PMC10139082.
  2. Bennett, A, Beck, A, Shaver, N, Grad, R, LeBlanc, A, Limburg, H et al.. Screening for prostate cancer: protocol for updating multiple systematic reviews to inform a Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care guideline update. Syst Rev. 2022;11 (1):230. doi: 10.1186/s13643-022-02099-9. PubMed PMID:36289518 PubMed Central PMC9609189.
  3. Beck, A, Persaud, N, Tessier, LA, Grad, R, Kidd, MR, Klarenbach, S et al.. Interventions to address potentially inappropriate prescriptions and over-the-counter medication use among adults 65 years and older in primary care settings: protocol for a systematic review. Syst Rev. 2022;11 (1):225. doi: 10.1186/s13643-022-02044-w. PubMed PMID:36266708 PubMed Central PMC9585747.
  4. South, CA, Keown-Stoneman, CDG, Birken, CS, Malik, VS, Zlotkin, SH, Maguire, JL et al.. Underweight in the First 2 Years of Life and Growth in Later Childhood. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5 (7):e2224417. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.24417. PubMed PMID:35904782 PubMed Central PMC9338407.
  5. Omand, JA, Li, X, Keown-Stoneman, CDG, Borkhoff, CM, Duku, E, Lebovic, G et al.. Body Weight at Age Four Years and Readiness to Start School: A Prospective Cohort Study. Child Obes. 2022; :. doi: 10.1089/chi.2022.0018. PubMed PMID:35834646 .
  6. Ally, MZ, Woods, H, Adekoya, I, Bali, A, Persaud, N. Acceptability of a short list of essential medicines to patients and prescribers: Multimethod study. Can Fam Physician. 2022;68 (7):e204-e214. doi: 10.46747/cfp.6807e204. PubMed PMID:35831082 PubMed Central PMC9842143.
  7. Rucinski, K, Masankha Banda, L, Olawore, O, Akolo, C, Zakaliya, A, Chilongozi, D et al.. HIV Testing Approaches to Optimize Prevention and Treatment for Key and Priority Populations in Malawi. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2022;9 (4):ofac038. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofac038. PubMed PMID:35265725 PubMed Central PMC8900928.
  8. Fuller, A, Siddiqi, A, Shahidi, FV, Anderson, LN, Hildebrand, V, Keown-Stoneman, CDG et al.. Understanding income-related differences in distribution of child growth, behaviour and development using a cross-sectional sample of a clinical cohort study. BMJ Open. 2022;12 (2):e056991. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-056991. PubMed PMID:35168982 PubMed Central PMC8852748.
  9. Hoke, T, Bateganya, M, Toyo, O, Francis, C, Shrestha, B, Philakone, P et al.. How Home Delivery of Antiretroviral Drugs Ensured Uninterrupted HIV Treatment During COVID-19: Experiences From Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, and Nigeria. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2021;9 (4):978-989. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-21-00168. PubMed PMID:34933991 PubMed Central PMC8691873.
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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