Michael Cusimano



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. Huo, M, Rose, M, van Prooijen, M, Cusimano, MD, Laperriere, N, Heaton, R et al.. Importance of Cobalt-60 Dose Rate and Biologically Effective Dose on Local Control for Intracranial Meningiomas Treated With Stereotactic Radiosurgery. Neurosurgery. 2022;90 (1):140-147. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000001755. PubMed PMID:34982881 .
  2. Omar, AT 2nd, Munoz, DG, Goguen, J, Lee, JM, Rotondo, F, Kovacs, K et al.. Resection of the medial wall of the cavernous sinus in functioning pituitary adenomas: Technical note and outcomes in a matched-cohort study. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2020; :106306. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2020.106306. PubMed PMID:34756392 .
  3. Sokol-Randell, D, Rotundo, MP, Tierney, G, Cusimano, MD, Deasy, C. Video analysis of potential concussions in elite male Hurling: are players being assessed according to league guidelines?. Ir J Med Sci. 2021; :. doi: 10.1007/s11845-021-02798-7. PubMed PMID:34664223 PubMed Central PMC8523202.
  4. Okura, H, Pathmanaban, ON, Munoz, DG, Cusimano, MD. Novel Dural-Splitting Operative Technique for Excision of Ventrally Located Spinal Meningiomas. World Neurosurg. 2022;157 :48-53. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2021.09.101. PubMed PMID:34601172 .
  5. Algahtany, M, Sharma, S, Fahoum, K, Jing, R, Zhang, S, Kovacs, K et al.. The Role of Growth Hormone in Depression: A Human Model. Front Neurosci. 2021;15 :661819. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2021.661819. PubMed PMID:34248479 PubMed Central PMC8266193.
  6. Tso, S, Saha, A, Cusimano, MD. The Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Database: A Review of Published Research. Neurotrauma Rep. 2021;2 (1):149-164. doi: 10.1089/neur.2020.0047. PubMed PMID:34223550 PubMed Central PMC8240866.
  7. Davidson, B, Narvacan, K, Munoz, DG, Rotondo, F, Kovacs, K, Zhang, S et al.. The Crucial Role of Eosinophils in the Life Cycle, Radiographical Architecture, and Risk of Recurrence of Chronic Subdural Hematomas. Neurotrauma Rep. 2021;2 (1):76-83. doi: 10.1089/neur.2020.0036. PubMed PMID:34223547 PubMed Central PMC8240825.
  8. Kishore, K, Cusimano, MD. The Fundamental Need for Sleep in Neurocritical Care Units: Time for a Paradigm Shift. Front Neurol. 2021;12 :637250. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2021.637250. PubMed PMID:34220667 PubMed Central PMC8248989.
  9. Martini, ML, Neifert, SN, Shuman, WH, Chapman, EK, Schüpper, AJ, Oermann, EK et al.. Rescue therapy for vasospasm following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: a propensity score-matched analysis with machine learning. J Neurosurg. 2022;136 (1):134-147. doi: 10.3171/2020.12.JNS203778. PubMed PMID:34214980 .
  10. Tirdad, K, Dela Cruz, A, Sadeghian, A, Cusimano, M. A deep neural network approach for sentiment analysis of medically related texts: an analysis of tweets related to concussions in sports. Brain Inform. 2021;8 (1):12. doi: 10.1186/s40708-021-00134-4. PubMed PMID:34212268 PubMed Central PMC8249668.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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