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. Bhambra, N, Waicus, S, Persaud, N. Gender and Racialization Status of Medical Eponym Namesakes: Cross-sectional Study. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2024; :. doi: 10.1007/s40615-024-01961-x. PubMed PMID:38436887 .
  2. Shaver, N, Beck, A, Bennett, A, Wilson, BJ, Garritty, C, Subnath, M et al.. Screening for hypertension in adults: protocol for evidence reviews to inform a Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care guideline update. Syst Rev. 2024;13 (1):17. doi: 10.1186/s13643-023-02392-1. PubMed PMID:38183086 PubMed Central PMC10768239.
  3. Gorodensky, A, Grundy, Q, Persaud, N, Kohler, JC. Shared health governance, mutual collective accountability, and transparency in COVAX: A qualitative study triangulating data from document sampling and key informant interviews. J Glob Health. 2023;13 :04165. doi: 10.7189/jogh.13.04165. PubMed PMID:38063440 PubMed Central PMC10705035.
  4. Persaud, N, Azarpazhooh, A, Keown-Stoneman, C, Birken, CS, Isaranuwatchai, W, Maguire, JL et al.. Xylitol for the prevention of acute otitis media episodes in children aged 1-5 years: a randomised controlled trial. Arch Dis Child. 2024;109 (2):121-124. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2023-325565. PubMed PMID:37890960 PubMed Central PMC10850643.
  5. Yoshida-Montezuma, Y, Kirkwood, D, Sivapathasundaram, B, Keown-Stoneman, CDG, de Souza, RJ, To, T et al.. Late preterm birth and growth trajectories during childhood: a linked retrospective cohort study. BMC Pediatr. 2023;23 (1):450. doi: 10.1186/s12887-023-04257-x. PubMed PMID:37684561 PubMed Central PMC10485950.
  6. O'Neill, B, Ferguson, J, Dalueg, L, Yusuf, A, Kirubarajan, A, Lloyd, T et al.. Evaluating the Supporting Evidence of Medical Cannabis Claims Made on Clinic Websites: Cross-Sectional Study. J Med Internet Res. 2023;25 :e45550. doi: 10.2196/45550. PubMed PMID:37384372 PubMed Central PMC10365571.
  7. Opuni, M, Figueroa, JL, Sanchez-Morales, JE, Salas-Ortiz, A, Ochoa-Sanchez, LE, Morales-Vazquez, M et al.. The Cost of Providing Comprehensive HIV Services to Key Populations: An Analysis of the LINKAGES Program in Kenya and Malawi. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2023;11 (3):. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-22-00538. PubMed PMID:37348941 PubMed Central PMC10285728.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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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