McMaster University

McMaster University

Nikhil Pai

Dr. Nikhil Pai

Dr. Nikhil Pai joined the faculty of Medicine at McMaster University in 2014. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology & Nutrition.

Dr. Pai received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Western Ontario, and Medical Degree from McMaster School of Medicine.  He completed his Pediatrics residency training at the University of Toronto (Hospital for Sick Children), and fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Harvard University (Boston Children’s Hospital).


Clinical and Educational Program Overview
Dr. Pai’s educational contributions are in the fields of pediatrics, clinical gastroenterology, and obesity medicine. He has experience teaching at Harvard Medical School, Harvard College, and McMaster School of Medicine.  Clinically, Dr. Pai supports an active outpatient and inpatient practice through McMaster Children’s Hospital. His clinical work involves general pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and endoscopy, and he is the medical lead of the Pediatric Clinical Nutrition Service.

Research Program
Dr. Pai’s research focuses on the contribution of the intestinal microbiome to immune dysregulation, energy metabolism, and autoimmune disease. He conducted his postdoctoral research work through the Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute (OMNI) at Massachusetts General Hospital, under the supervision of Drs. Lee Kaplan MD PhD (Department of Gastroenterology, Harvard Medical School) and Peter Turnbaugh PhD (Department of Systems Biology, Harvard University).  He is an Associate Member of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute. Dr. Pai has received research support through the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Obesity Network, and the Hamilton Health Sciences New Investigator Fund. He is principal investigator of the Pedi FeTCh Trial (Pediatric Fecal microbial Transplant in ulcerative Colitis), and actively supervises gastroenterology clinical research trainees.

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