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. 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; :. doi: 10.1007/s12630-018-1178-z. PubMed PMID:29978278 .
  2. 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 .
  3. Nassiri, F, Workewych, AM, Badhiwala, JH, Cusimano, MD. Cognitive Outcomes After Anterior Communicating Artery Aneurysm Repair. Can J Neurol Sci. 2018; :1-9. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2018.16. PubMed PMID:29741146 .
  4. 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.
  5. 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 .
  6. 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 .
  7. 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 .
  8. Solarski, M, Rotondo, F, Foulkes, WD, Priest, JR, Syro, LV, Butz, H et al.. DICER1 gene mutations in endocrine tumors. Endocr. Relat. Cancer. 2018;25 (3):R197-R208. doi: 10.1530/ERC-17-0509. PubMed PMID:29330195 .
  9. Ilie, G, Adlaf, EM, Mann, RE, Ialomiteanu, A, Hamilton, H, Rehm, J et al.. Associations between self-reported lifetime history of traumatic brain injuries and current disability assessment in a population sample of Canadian adults. PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (1):e0188908. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0188908. PubMed PMID:29304117 PubMed Central PMC5755742.
  10. Todd, RA, Soklaridis, S, Treen, AK, Bhalerao, SU, Cusimano, MD. Understanding the resistance to creating safer ice hockey: essential points for injury prevention. Inj. Prev. 2017; :. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042272. PubMed PMID:29180519 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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