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. Anyasi, H, Idemudia, A, Badru, T, Onyegbule, S, Isang, E, Sanwo, O et al.. Discontinuation of HIV oral pre-exposure prophylaxis: findings from programmatic surveillance within two general population HIV programs in Nigeria. BMC Public Health. 2024;24 (1):1325. doi: 10.1186/s12889-024-18808-z. PubMed PMID:38755630 PubMed Central PMC11097516.
  2. Shah, N, Radford, K, Durant, S, Shoucri, R, Stone, J, Persaud, N et al.. Advocating for Policy Change: Examples Emerging From a Medical-Legal Partnership in Primary Care. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2024;35 (1):8-17. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2024.a919804. PubMed PMID:38661856 .
  3. 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 .
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Ogbechie, MD, Fischer Walker, C, Lee, MT, Abba Gana, A, Oduola, A, Idemudia, A et al.. Predicting Treatment Interruption Among People Living With HIV in Nigeria: Machine Learning Approach. JMIR AI. 2023;2 :e44432. doi: 10.2196/44432. PubMed PMID:38875546 PubMed Central PMC11041440.
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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