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, Wickens, C, Mann, R, Ialomiteanu, A, Adlaf, E, Hamilton, H et al.. Roadway Aggression Among Drivers and Passengers With or Without a History of Traumatic Brain Injury. Violence Vict. 2017; :. doi: 10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-16-00027. PubMed PMID:28810939 .
  2. 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; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2017.07.013. PubMed PMID:28807524 .
  3. 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; :. doi: 10.1016/j.prp.2017.07.010. PubMed PMID:28780083 .
  4. 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 .
  5. 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 .
  6. 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 .
  7. 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.
  8. Fu, WW, Fu, TS, Jing, R, McFaull, SR, Cusimano, MD. Predictors of falls and mortality among elderly adults with traumatic brain injury: A nationwide, population-based study. PLoS ONE. 2017;12 (4):e0175868. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175868. PubMed PMID:28430782 PubMed Central PMC5400247.
  9. Hashim, E, Caverzasi, E, Papinutto, N, Lewis, CE, Jing, R, Charles, O et al.. Investigating Microstructural Abnormalities and Neurocognition in Sub-Acute and Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury Patients with Normal-Appearing White Matter: A Preliminary Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study. Front Neurol. 2017;8 :97. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2017.00097. PubMed PMID:28373856 PubMed Central PMC5357974.
  10. Karsy, M, Burnett, B, Di Ieva, A, Cusimano, MD, Jensen, RL. Microvascularization of Grade I meningiomas: effect on tumor volume, blood loss, and patient outcome. J. Neurosurg. 2017; :1-10. doi: 10.3171/2016.10.JNS161825. PubMed PMID:28362240 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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