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.

Please note: Dr. Cusimano is always open to taking excellent students at all levels up to and including post-doctoral fellows and visiting scholars.

Recent Publications

  1. Nassiri, F, Suppiah, S, Wang, JZ, Badhiwala, JH, Juraschka, K, Meng, Y et al.. How to live with a meningioma: experiences, symptoms, and challenges reported by patients. Neurooncol Adv. ;2 (1):vdaa086. doi: 10.1093/noajnl/vdaa086. PubMed PMID:32793887 PubMed Central PMC7415257.
  2. Baba, A, McCradden, MD, Rabski, J, Cusimano, MD. Determining the unmet needs of patients with intracranial meningioma-a qualitative assessment. Neurooncol Pract. 2020;7 (2):228-238. doi: 10.1093/nop/npz054. PubMed PMID:32626591 PubMed Central PMC7318855.
  3. Mansouri, A, Brar, K, Cusimano, MD. Considerations for a surgical RCT for diffuse low-grade glioma: a survey. Neurooncol Pract. 2020;7 (3):338-343. doi: 10.1093/nop/npz058. PubMed PMID:32537182 PubMed Central PMC7274180.
  4. Zador, Z, Landry, AP, Balas, M, Cusimano, MD. Landscape of immune cell gene expression is unique in predominantly WHO grade 1 skull base meningiomas when compared to convexity. Sci Rep. 2020;10 (1):9065. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-65365-7. PubMed PMID:32493984 PubMed Central PMC7270140.
  5. Cusimano, MD, Huang, TQ, Marchie, A, Smyth, HS, Kovacs, K. Development and validation of the disease-specific QOL-CD quality of life questionnaire for patients with Cushing's disease. Neurosurg Focus. 2020;48 (6):E4. doi: 10.3171/2020.3.FOCUS2044. PubMed PMID:32480368 .
  6. Post, A, Dawson, L, Hoshizaki, TB, Gilchrist, MD, Cusimano, MD. Development of a test method for adult ice hockey helmet evaluation. Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Engin. 2020; :1-13. doi: 10.1080/10255842.2020.1758680. PubMed PMID:32343185 .
  7. Huo, M, Laperriere, N, van Prooijen, M, Shultz, D, Coolens, C, Hodaie, M et al.. Efficacy of stereotactic radiosurgery for radiation-induced meningiomas. J. Neurooncol. 2020;148 (2):299-305. doi: 10.1007/s11060-020-03515-7. PubMed PMID:32342330 .
  8. Zalai, DM, Girard, TA, Cusimano, MD, Shapiro, CM. Circadian rhythm in the assessment of postconcussion insomnia: a cross-sectional observational study. CMAJ Open. ;8 (1):E142-E147. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20190137. PubMed PMID:32161046 PubMed Central PMC7065561.
  9. McCradden, MD, Baba, A, Saha, A, Ahmad, S, Boparai, K, Fadaiefard, P et al.. Ethical concerns around use of artificial intelligence in health care research from the perspective of patients with meningioma, caregivers and health care providers: a qualitative study. CMAJ Open. ;8 (1):E90-E95. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20190151. PubMed PMID:32071143 PubMed Central PMC7028163.
  10. Zador, Z, Landry, A, Balas, M, Marshall, JC, Cusimano, MD. Data Driven Analysis Reveals Shared Transcriptome Response, Immune Cell Composition, and Distinct Mortality Rates Across Differing Etiologies of Critical Illness. Crit. Care Med. 2020;48 (3):338-343. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000004128. PubMed PMID:32058371 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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