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, NPH, QOL, coma etc), cognitive neurosurgery, injury prevention, traumatic brain injury, medical education

Recent Publications

  1. Cusimano, MD, Pshonyak, I, Lee, MY, Ilie, G. A systematic review of 30-day readmission after cranial neurosurgery. J. Neurosurg. 2016; :1-11. doi: 10.3171/2016.7.JNS152226. PubMed PMID:27767396 .
  2. Khong, E, Odenwald, N, Hashim, E, Cusimano, MD. Diffusion Tensor Imaging Findings in Post-Concussion Syndrome Patients after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review. Front Neurol. 2016;7 :156. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2016.00156. PubMed PMID:27698651 .
  3. Shahangian, A, Soler, ZM, Baker, A, Wise, SK, Rereddy, SK, Patel, ZM et al.. Successful repair of intraoperative cerebrospinal fluid leaks improves outcomes in endoscopic skull base surgery. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2016; :. doi: 10.1002/alr.21845. PubMed PMID:27579523 .
  4. Fathalla, H, Di Ieva, A, Lee, J, Anderson, J, Jing, R, Solarski, M et al.. Cerebrospinal fluid leaks in extended endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery: covering all the angles. Neurosurg Rev. 2016; :. doi: 10.1007/s10143-016-0776-x. PubMed PMID:27558362 .
  5. 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; :. doi: 10.1002/alr.21783. PubMed PMID:27552303 .
  6. McGirr, A, Cusimano, MD. Does idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) run in families?. J. Neurol. Sci. 2016;368 :128-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2016.06.054. PubMed PMID:27538614 .
  7. Allen, S, Stewart, SH, Cusimano, M, Asbridge, M. Examining the Relationship Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Use Outcomes in the Canadian Population. Subst Use Misuse. 2016;51 (12):1577-1586. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2016.1188955. PubMed PMID:27484302 .
  8. Di Ieva, A, Le Reste, PJ, Carsin-Nicol, B, Ferre, JC, Cusimano, MD. Diagnostic Value of Fractal Analysis for the Differentiation of Brain Tumors Using 3-Tesla Magnetic Resonance Susceptibility-Weighted Imaging. Neurosurgery. 2016; :. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000001308. PubMed PMID:27332779 .
  9. Cusimano, MD, Ilie, G, Mullen, SJ, Pauley, CR, Stulberg, JR, Topolovec-Vranic, J et al.. Aggression, Violence and Injury in Minor League Ice Hockey: Avenues for Prevention of Injury. PLoS ONE. 2016;11 (6):e0156683. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156683. PubMed PMID:27258426 PubMed Central PMC4892613.
  10. Morrison, MA, Churchill, NW, Cusimano, MD, Schweizer, TA, Das, S, Graham, SJ et al.. Reliability of Task-Based fMRI for Preoperative Planning: A Test-Retest Study in Brain Tumor Patients and Healthy Controls. PLoS ONE. 2016;11 (2):e0149547. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149547. PubMed PMID:26894279 PubMed Central PMC4760755.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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