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. 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.
  2. 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 .
  3. 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 .
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Persaud, N, Thorpe, KE, Bedard, M, Hwang, SW, Pinto, A, Jüni, P et al.. Cash transfer during the COVID-19 pandemic: a multicentre, randomised controlled trial. Fam Med Community Health. 2021;9 (4):. doi: 10.1136/fmch-2021-001452. PubMed PMID:34924360 PubMed Central PMC8662581.
  8. Sanwo, O, Persaud, NE, Nwaokoro, P, Idemudia, A, Akpan, U, Toyo, O et al.. Differentiated service delivery models among PLHIV in Akwa Ibom and Cross River States, Nigeria during the COVID-19 pandemic: descriptive analysis of programmatic data. J Int AIDS Soc. 2021;24 Suppl 6 :e25820. doi: 10.1002/jia2.25820. PubMed PMID:34713591 PubMed Central PMC8554211.
  9. Lillie, T, Boyee, D, Kamariza, G, Nkunzimana, A, Gashobotse, D, Persaud, N et al.. Increasing Testing Options for Key Populations in Burundi Through Peer-Assisted HIV Self-Testing: Descriptive Analysis of Routine Programmatic Data. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2021;7 (9):e24272. doi: 10.2196/24272. PubMed PMID:34591018 PubMed Central PMC8517812.
  10. D'Hollander, CJ, Keown-Stoneman, CDG, Birken, CS, O'Connor, DL, Maguire, JL, TARGet Kids! collaboration et al.. Timing of Introduction to Solid Food, Growth, and Nutrition Risk in Later Childhood. J Pediatr. 2022;240 :102-109.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2021.08.076. PubMed PMID:34481809 .
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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