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. Qaddoura, A, Shalung, TN, Meier, MP, Goguen, J, Jing, R, Zhang, S et al.. Recovery Room Cortisol Predicts Long-Term Glucocorticoid Need After Transsphenoidal Surgery for Pituitary Tumors. Neurosurgery. 2019;84 (3):616-623. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyy070. PubMed PMID:30767017 .
  2. McCradden, MD, Cusimano, MD. Staying true to Rowan's Law: how changing sport culture can realize the goal of the legislation. Can J Public Health. 2019; :. doi: 10.17269/s41997-019-00174-8. PubMed PMID:30694447 .
  3. Huang, RY, Bi, WL, Griffith, B, Kaufmann, TJ, la Fougère, C, Schmidt, NO et al.. Imaging and diagnostic advances for intracranial meningiomas. Neuro-oncology. 2019;21 (Supplement_1):i44-i61. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/noy143. PubMed PMID:30649491 PubMed Central PMC6347083.
  4. Suppiah, S, Nassiri, F, Bi, WL, Dunn, IF, Hanemann, CO, Horbinski, CM et al.. Molecular and translational advances in meningiomas. Neuro-oncology. 2019;21 (Supplement_1):i4-i17. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/noy178. PubMed PMID:30649490 PubMed Central PMC6347079.
  5. Brastianos, PK, Galanis, E, Butowski, N, Chan, JW, Dunn, IF, Goldbrunner, R et al.. Advances in multidisciplinary therapy for meningiomas. Neuro-oncology. 2019;21 (Supplement_1):i18-i31. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/noy136. PubMed PMID:30649489 PubMed Central PMC6347080.
  6. Nassiri, F, Price, B, Shehab, A, Au, K, Cusimano, MD, Jenkinson, MD et al.. Life after surgical resection of a meningioma: a prospective cross-sectional study evaluating health-related quality of life. Neuro-oncology. 2019;21 (Supplement_1):i32-i43. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/noy152. PubMed PMID:30649488 PubMed Central PMC6347082.
  7. McCradden, MD, Anderson, JA, Cusimano, MD. When Is Death in a Child's Best Interest?: Examining Decisions Following Severe Brain Injury. JAMA Pediatr. 2019; :. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.4592. PubMed PMID:30640386 .
  8. Tawfik-Helika, M, Mertens, P, Ribas, G, Cusimano, MD, Catala, M, Kirollos, R et al.. Understanding Anatomy of the Petrous Pyramid-A New Compartmental Approach. World Neurosurg. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.11.234. PubMed PMID:30620892 .
  9. Ilie, G, Wickens, CM, Ialomiteanu, A, Adlaf, EM, Asbridge, M, Hamilton, H et al.. Traumatic brain injury and hazardous/harmful drinking: Concurrent and single associations with poor mental health and roadway aggression. Psychiatry Res. 2018;272 :458-466. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.12.069. PubMed PMID:30611965 .
  10. Gélinas, C, Boitor, M, Puntillo, KA, Arbour, C, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Cusimano, MD et al.. Behaviors Indicative of Pain in Brain-Injured Adult Patients With Different Levels of Consciousness in the Intensive Care Unit. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.12.333. PubMed PMID:30593909 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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