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. McCradden, MD, Cusimano, MD. Concussions in Sledding Sports and the Unrecognized "Sled Head": A Systematic Review. Front Neurol. 2018;9 :772. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2018.00772. PubMed PMID:30279676 PubMed Central PMC6153360.
  2. Diaz, RJ, Luck, A, Bondoc, A, Golbourn, B, Picard, D, Remke, M et al.. Characterization of a Clival Chordoma Xenograft Model Reveals Tumor Genomic Instability. Am. J. Pathol. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2018.08.004. PubMed PMID:30248342 .
  3. Klas, PG, Wilson, J, Cusimano, MD. Regression of Degenerative Retro-Odontoid Pseudotumour Treated in a Collar. Can J Neurol Sci. 2018;45 (5):599-600. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2018.319. PubMed PMID:30234465 .
  4. McAuliffe, N, Nicholson, S, Rigamonti, A, Hare, GMT, Cusimano, M, Garavaglia, M et al.. Awake craniotomy using dexmedetomidine and scalp blocks: a retrospective cohort study. Can J Anaesth. 2018;65 (10):1129-1137. doi: 10.1007/s12630-018-1178-z. PubMed PMID:29978278 .
  5. McCradden, MD, Cusimano, MD. Optimized or Hijacked? The Moral Boundaries of Natural Athletic Performance. Am J Bioeth. 2018;18 (6):26-28. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2018.1459947. PubMed PMID:29852116 .
  6. Nassiri, F, Workewych, AM, Badhiwala, JH, Cusimano, MD. Cognitive Outcomes After Anterior Communicating Artery Aneurysm Repair. Can J Neurol Sci. 2018;45 (4):415-423. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2018.16. PubMed PMID:29741146 PubMed Central PMC6088546.
  7. Todd, R, Bhalerao, S, Vu, MT, Soklaridis, S, Cusimano, MD. Understanding the psychiatric effects of concussion on constructed identity in hockey players: Implications for health professionals. PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (2):e0192125. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0192125. PubMed PMID:29466377 PubMed Central PMC5821444.
  8. Hunt, C, Michalak, A, Ouchterlony, D, Marshall, S, Masanic, C, Vaidyanath, C et al.. Common Data Elements for Concussion in Tertiary Care: Phase One in Ontario. Can J Neurol Sci. 2017;44 (6):676-683. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2017.222. PubMed PMID:29391082 .
  9. Jaja, BNR, Saposnik, G, Lingsma, HF, Macdonald, E, Thorpe, KE, Mamdani, M et al.. Development and validation of outcome prediction models for aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage: the SAHIT multinational cohort study. BMJ. 2018;360 :j5745. . PubMed PMID:29348138 .
  10. Wu, V, Cusimano, MD, Lee, JM. Extent of surgery in endoscopic transsphenoidal skull base approaches and the effects on sinonasal morbidity. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2018;32 (1):52-56. doi: 10.2500/ajra.2018.32.4499. PubMed PMID:29336291 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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