Nikhil Pai
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Dr. Nikhil Pai is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at McMaster Children’s Hospital. He completed medical school at McMaster University, his pediatric residency at the Hospital for Sick Children (University of Toronto), and his pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital (Harvard Medical School). He is the Medical Lead of the Complex Pediatric Nutrition Service at McMaster Children's Hospital, and runs the Pediatric Intestinal Failure program.

Dr. Pai's research program focuses on the role of the intestinal microbiome in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, particularly through the application of fecal microbiota transplantation. He is principal investigator of two multicenter randomized-controlled trials: the PediFeTCh Trial (Pediatric Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Ulcerative Colitis), and PediCRaFT Trial (Pediatric Crohn's Disease Fecal Microbiota Transplant). His research expertise is in clinical, and basic science studies of host-microbial interactions. He has published, received peer-reviewed grant funding, and speaks widely about the role of the intestinal microbiome in health and disease.

Dr. Pai is an active clinician-educator within the Department of Pediatrics, and trains medical students, pediatric residents, and fellows through his busy pediatric gastroenterology inpatient, outpatient and endoscopy practice. He is an Associate Faculty Member of McMaster University's Farncombe Family Digestive Diseases Research Institute, and the Centre for Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research (MODR). His administrative work includes serving on the Pediatric Working Group of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force (Canadian Nutrition Society), Co-Chair of McMaster Children's Hospital's Pediatric Nutrition Advisory Committee, External Advisor to Health Canada's Fecal Microbiota Transplant Advanced Therapeutics Pathway, and Associate Editor of PLOS One.
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