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. Workewych, AM, Ciuffetelli Muzzi, M, Jing, R, Zhang, S, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Cusimano, MD et al.. Twitter and traumatic brain injury: A content and sentiment analysis of tweets pertaining to sport-related brain injury. SAGE Open Med. 2017;5 :2050312117720057. doi: 10.1177/2050312117720057. PubMed PMID:28890783 PubMed Central PMC5574478.
  2. Ilie, G, Wickens, CM, Vingilis, ER, Mann, RE, Hamilton, H, Toplak, M et al.. Associations between a history of traumatic brain injuries and conduct disorder during youth in a population sample of Canadian adults. Psychiatry Res. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2017.08.011. PubMed PMID:28867408 .
  3. Subotic, A, Ting, WK, Cusimano, MD. Characteristics of the King-Devick test in the assessment of concussed patients in the subacute and later stages after injury. PLoS ONE. 2017;12 (8):e0183092. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0183092. PubMed PMID:28859119 PubMed Central PMC5578650.
  4. Lan, X, Jörg, DJ, Cavalli, FMG, Richards, LM, Nguyen, LV, Vanner, RJ et al.. Fate mapping of human glioblastoma reveals an invariant stem cell hierarchy. Nature. 2017;549 (7671):227-232. doi: 10.1038/nature23666. PubMed PMID:28854171 PubMed Central PMC5608080.
  5. Post, A, Blaine Hoshizaki, T, Gilchrist, MD, Cusimano, MD. Peak linear and rotational acceleration magnitude and duration effects on maximum principal strain in the corpus callosum for sport impacts. J Biomech. 2017;61 :183-192. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2017.07.013. PubMed PMID:28807524 .
  6. Solarski, M, Rotondo, F, Syro, LV, Cusimano, MD, Kovacs, K. Alpha subunit in clinically non-functioning pituitary adenomas: An immunohistochemical study. Pathol. Res. Pract. 2017;213 (9):1130-1133. doi: 10.1016/j.prp.2017.07.010. PubMed PMID:28780083 .
  7. Park, NI, Guilhamon, P, Desai, K, McAdam, RF, Langille, E, O'Connor, M et al.. ASCL1 Reorganizes Chromatin to Direct Neuronal Fate and Suppress Tumorigenicity of Glioblastoma Stem Cells. Cell Stem Cell. 2017;21 (2):209-224.e7. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2017.06.004. PubMed PMID:28712938 .
  8. Cusimano, MD, Casey, J, Jing, R, Mishra, A, Solarski, M, Techar, K et al.. Assessment of Head Collision Events During the 2014 FIFA World Cup Tournament. JAMA. 2017;317 (24):2548-2549. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.6204. PubMed PMID:28655000 .
  9. Cusimano, MD, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Zhang, S, Mullen, SJ, Wong, M, Ilie, G et al.. Factors Influencing the Underreporting of Concussion in Sports: A Qualitative Study of Minor Hockey Participants. Clin J Sport Med. 2017;27 (4):375-380. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000372. PubMed PMID:28653965 .
  10. Cusimano, MD, Zhang, S, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Hutchison, MG, Jing, R. Factors affecting the concussion knowledge of athletes, parents, coaches, and medical professionals. SAGE Open Med. 2017;5 :2050312117694794. doi: 10.1177/2050312117694794. PubMed PMID:28540042 PubMed Central PMC5433676.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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