Michael Cusimano


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Research Programs


Clinical research in neurosurgery (e.g. cognition and memory, cerebellum, pituitary, and brain tumours, aneurysms, normal pressure hydrocephalus, quality of life, coma etc), cognitive neurosurgery, injury prevention, traumatic brain injury, medical education

Recent Publications

  1. Ilie, G, Mann, RE, Boak, A, Adlaf, EM, Hamilton, H, Asbridge, M et al.. Cross-sectional examination of the association of co-occurring alcohol misuse and traumatic brain injury on mental health and conduct problems in adolescents in Ontario, Canada. BMJ Open. 2016;6 (11):e011824. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011824. PubMed PMID:28186929 PubMed Central PMC5129005.
  2. Dmytriw, AA, Schwartz, ML, Cusimano, MD, Mendes Pereira, V, Krings, T, Tymianski, M et al.. Gamma Knife radiosurgery for the treatment of intracranial dural arteriovenous fistulas. Interv Neuroradiol. 2016; :1591019916683689. doi: 10.1177/1591019916683689. PubMed PMID:28156167 .
  3. Rotondo, F, Qaddoura, A, Syro, LV, Karamchandani, J, Munoz, DG, Arroyave, MJ et al.. Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-Related Hypophysitis. Endocr. Pathol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1007/s12022-016-9464-1. PubMed PMID:28084610 .
  4. Di Michele, J, Rotondo, F, Kovacs, K, Syro, LV, Yousef, GM, Cusimano, MD et al.. Vasculogenic Mimicry in Clinically Non-functioning Pituitary Adenomas: a Histologic Study. Pathol. Oncol. Res. 2017; :. doi: 10.1007/s12253-017-0196-4. PubMed PMID:28084580 .
  5. Ilie, G, Cusimano, MD, Li, W. Prosodic processing post traumatic brain injury - a systematic review. Syst Rev. 2017;6 (1):1. doi: 10.1186/s13643-016-0385-3. PubMed PMID:28077170 PubMed Central PMC5225621.
  6. Ilie, G, Mann, RE, Boak, A, Hamilton, HA, Rehm, J, Cusimano, MD et al.. Possession of weapon and school violence among adolescents and their association with history of traumatic brain injury, substance use and mental health issues. Injury. 2017;48 (2):285-292. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2016.09.030. PubMed PMID:27955825 .
  7. Wang, J, Alotaibi, NM, Samuel, N, Ibrahim, GM, Fallah, A, Cusimano, MD et al.. Acquired Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia Secondary to Space-Occupying Lesions: A Systematic Review. World Neurosurg. 2017;98 :800-808.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.11.080. PubMed PMID:27894943 .
  8. Wang, J, Alotaibi, NM, Akbar, MA, Ayling, OG, Ibrahim, GM, Macdonald, RL et al.. Loss of Consciousness at Onset of Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage is Associated with Functional Outcomes in Good-Grade Patients. World Neurosurg. 2017;98 :308-313. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.10.099. PubMed PMID:27818312 .
  9. Karnezis, TT, Baker, AB, Soler, ZM, Wise, SK, Rereddy, SK, Patel, ZM et al.. Factors impacting cerebrospinal fluid leak rates in endoscopic sellar surgery. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2016;6 (11):1117-1125. doi: 10.1002/alr.21783. PubMed PMID:27552303 .
  10. Morrison, MA, Tam, F, Garavaglia, MM, Hare, GM, Cusimano, MD, Schweizer, TA et al.. Sources of Variation Influencing Concordance between Functional MRI and Direct Cortical Stimulation in Brain Tumor Surgery. Front Neurosci. 2016;10 :461. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00461. PubMed PMID:27803645 PubMed Central PMC5067437.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Professor, Surgery, Education and Public Health, University of Toronto