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. Davies, JC, Chan, HHL, Yao, CMKL, Cusimano, MD, Irish, JC, Lee, JM et al.. Quantitative Analysis of Surgical Working Space During Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base. 2019;80 (5):469-473. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1675591. PubMed PMID:31534887 PubMed Central PMC6748850.
  2. Hunt, C, Zahid, S, Ennis, N, Michalak, A, Masanic, C, Vaidyanath, C et al.. Quality of life measures in older adults after traumatic brain injury: a systematic review. Qual Life Res. 2019;28 (12):3137-3151. doi: 10.1007/s11136-019-02297-4. PubMed PMID:31522371 .
  3. Dijkland, SA, Jaja, BNR, van der Jagt, M, Roozenbeek, B, Vergouwen, MDI, Suarez, JI et al.. Between-center and between-country differences in outcome after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage in the Subarachnoid Hemorrhage International Trialists (SAHIT) repository. J. Neurosurg. 2019; :1-9. doi: 10.3171/2019.5.JNS19483. PubMed PMID:31443072 .
  4. Armstrong, N, Rotundo, M, Aubrey, J, Tarzi, C, Cusimano, MD. Characteristics of potential concussive events in three elite football tournaments. Inj. Prev. 2019; :. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2019-043242. PubMed PMID:31331934 .
  5. Zador, Z, Landry, A, Cusimano, MD, Geifman, N. Multimorbidity states associated with higher mortality rates in organ dysfunction and sepsis: a data-driven analysis in critical care. Crit Care. 2019;23 (1):247. doi: 10.1186/s13054-019-2486-6. PubMed PMID:31287020 PubMed Central PMC6613271.
  6. Abraham, KJ, Casey, J, Subotic, A, Tarzi, C, Zhu, A, Cusimano, MD et al.. Medical assessment of potential concussion in elite football: video analysis of the 2016 UEFA European championship. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (5):e024607. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024607. PubMed PMID:31147360 PubMed Central PMC6549745.
  7. Yoon, J, Cusimano, M, Munoz, DG. Pilocytic astrocytoma vs. ganglioglioma: Progression vs. misdiagnosis, and implications in BRAF testing. J Clin Neurosci. 2019;66 :231-234. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2019.05.002. PubMed PMID:31147230 .
  8. Landry, AP, Zador, Z, Haq, R, Cusimano, MD. Reclassification of breast cancer: Towards improved diagnosis and outcome. PLoS ONE. 2019;14 (5):e0217036. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217036. PubMed PMID:31116801 PubMed Central PMC6530843.
  9. Post, A, Dawson, L, Hoshizaki, TB, Gilchrist, MD, Cusimano, MD. The influence of impact source on variables associated with strain for impacts in ice hockey. Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Engin. 2019;22 (7):713-726. doi: 10.1080/10255842.2019.1588255. PubMed PMID:30880464 .
  10. Rajakulendran, N, Rowland, KJ, Selvadurai, HJ, Ahmadi, M, Park, NI, Naumenko, S et al.. Wnt and Notch signaling govern self-renewal and differentiation in a subset of human glioblastoma stem cells. Genes Dev. 2019;33 (9-10):498-510. doi: 10.1101/gad.321968.118. PubMed PMID:30842215 PubMed Central PMC6499328.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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