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. 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. Epub 2016/2/19. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149547. PubMed PMID:26894279 PubMed Central PMC4760755.
  2. Fu, TS, Jing, R, McFaull, SR, Cusimano, MD. Health & Economic Burden of Traumatic Brain Injury in the Emergency Department. Can J Neurol Sci. 2016;43 (2):238-47. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2015.320. PubMed PMID:26842131 .
  3. Ting, WK, Schweizer, TA, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Cusimano, MD. Antisaccadic Eye Movements Are Correlated with Corpus Callosum White Matter Mean Diffusivity, Stroop Performance, and Symptom Burden in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion. Front Neurol. 2015;6 :271. Epub 2016/1/18. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2015.00271. PubMed PMID:26834693 PubMed Central PMC4716139.
  4. Fu, TS, Jing, R, Fu, WW, Cusimano, MD. Epidemiological Trends of Traumatic Brain Injury Identified in the Emergency Department in a Publicly-Insured Population, 2002-2010. PLoS ONE. 2016;11 (1):e0145469. Epub 2016/1/13. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145469. PubMed PMID:26760779 PubMed Central PMC4720113.
  5. Selim, AM, Ray, C, Cusimano, MD, Karp, E, Freedman, M. Reversible long-standing severe disability in idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus. Neurol Clin Pract. 2015;5 (6):505-508. doi: 10.1212/CPJ.0000000000000149. PubMed PMID:26716064 PubMed Central PMC4684672.
  6. Cusimano, MD. Entertainment: Bond villain fails neuroanatomy. Nature. 2015;528 (7583):479. doi: 10.1038/528479e. PubMed PMID:26701045 .
  7. Sharma, B, Cusimano, MD. In Response to: Sport-Related Concussion Reporting and State Legislative Effects. Clin J Sport Med. 2016;26 (1):e7. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000233. PubMed PMID:26679210 .
  8. Halperin, JJ, Kurlan, R, Schwalb, JM, Cusimano, MD, Gronseth, G, Gloss, D et al.. Practice guideline: Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus: Response to shunting and predictors of response: Report of the Guideline Development, Dissemination, and Implementation Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2015;85 (23):2063-71. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000002193. PubMed PMID:26644048 PubMed Central PMC4676757.
  9. Gallo, M, Coutinho, FJ, Vanner, RJ, Gayden, T, Mack, SC, Murison, A et al.. MLL5 Orchestrates a Cancer Self-Renewal State by Repressing the Histone Variant H3.3 and Globally Reorganizing Chromatin. Cancer Cell. 2015;28 (6):715-29. doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2015.10.005. PubMed PMID:26626085 .
  10. Alshafai, N, Falenchuk, O, Cusimano, MD. Practises and controversies in the management of asymptomatic aneurysms: Results of an international survey. Br J Neurosurg. 2015;29 (6):758-64. doi: 10.3109/02688697.2015.1096906. PubMed PMID:26540183 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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