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. Wang, J, Alotaibi, NM, Samuel, N, Ibrahim, GM, Fallah, A, Cusimano, MD et al.. Acquired Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia Secondary to Space-Occupying Lesions: A Systematic Review. World Neurosurg. 2016; :. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.11.080. PubMed PMID:27894943 .
  2. 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;6 (11):1117-1125. doi: 10.1002/alr.21783. PubMed PMID:27552303 .
  3. Morrison, MA, Tam, F, Garavaglia, MM, Hare, GM, Cusimano, MD, Schweizer, TA et al.. Sources of Variation Influencing Concordance between Functional MRI and Direct Cortical Stimulation in Brain Tumor Surgery. Front Neurosci. 2016;10 :461. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00461. PubMed PMID:27803645 PubMed Central PMC5067437.
  4. 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 .
  5. 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 PubMed Central PMC5027207.
  6. 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 .
  7. 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 .
  8. 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 .
  9. 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 .
  10. 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;79 (6):839-846. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000001308. PubMed PMID:27332779 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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