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. Cusimano, MD, Saha, A, Zhang, D, Zhang, S, Casey, J, Rabski, J et al.. Cognitive Dysfunction, Brain Volumes, and Traumatic Brain Injury in Homeless Persons. Neurotrauma Rep. 2021;2 (1):136-148. doi: 10.1089/neur.2020.0031. PubMed PMID:33796876 PubMed Central PMC8006590.
  2. Cusimano, MD, Lamont, R, Zhang, S, Mishra, A, Carpino, M, Wolfe, D et al.. A Life Course Study on Traumatic Brain Injury and Physical and Emotional Trauma in Foster Children. Neurotrauma Rep. 2021;2 (1):123-135. doi: 10.1089/neur.2020.0054. PubMed PMID:33778808 PubMed Central PMC7992293.
  3. Cusimano, MD, Korman, MB, Carpino, M, Feher, A, Puvirajasingam, J, Zhang, S et al.. The Temporal Relations of Traumatic Brain Injury, Victimization, Aggression, and Homelessness: A Developmental Trajectory. Neurotrauma Rep. 2021;2 (1):103-114. doi: 10.1089/neur.2020.0050. PubMed PMID:33748815 PubMed Central PMC7968566.
  4. Cusimano, MD, Zhang, S, Mei, XY, Kennedy, D, Saha, A, Carpino, M et al.. Traumatic Brain Injury, Abuse, and Poor Sustained Attention in Youth and Young Adults Who Previously Experienced Foster Care. Neurotrauma Rep. 2021;2 (1):94-102. doi: 10.1089/neur.2020.0030. PubMed PMID:33748814 PubMed Central PMC7962689.
  5. Cusimano, MD, Korman, MB, Kazolis, G, Zhang, S, Tepperman, L. Stumblers and Tumblers: Two Pathways to "Unintentional" Fall-Related Traumatic Brain Injury. Neurotrauma Rep. 2021;2 (1):48-58. doi: 10.1089/neur.2020.0033. PubMed PMID:33748813 PubMed Central PMC7962690.
  6. Sokol-Randell, D, Rotundo, MP, Tierney, G, Deasy, C, Cusimano, MD. Characteristics of potential concussive events in elite male gaelic football players: A descriptive video-analysis. J Sports Sci. 2021; :1-9. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2021.1896455. PubMed PMID:33722171 .
  7. Vaz, E, Cusimano, MD, Bação, F, Damásio, B, Penfound, E. Open data and injuries in urban areas-A spatial analytical framework of Toronto using machine learning and spatial regressions. PLoS One. 2021;16 (3):e0248285. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0248285. PubMed PMID:33705490 PubMed Central PMC7951915.
  8. Algahtany, M, McFaull, S, Chen, L, Zhang, S, Saarela, O, Alqahtani, F et al.. The Changing Etiology and Epidemiology of Traumatic Spinal Injury: A Population-Based Study. World Neurosurg. 2021;149 :e116-e127. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2021.02.066. PubMed PMID:33631390 .
  9. Sachamitr, P, Ho, JC, Ciamponi, FE, Ba-Alawi, W, Coutinho, FJ, Guilhamon, P et al.. PRMT5 inhibition disrupts splicing and stemness in glioblastoma. Nat Commun. 2021;12 (1):979. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-21204-5. PubMed PMID:33579912 PubMed Central PMC7881162.
  10. Cusimano, MD, Zhang, S, Huang, G, Wolfe, D, Carpino, M. Associations between Traumatic Brain Injury, Drug Abuse, Alcohol Use, Adverse Childhood Events, and Aggression Levels in Individuals with Foster Care History. Neurotrauma Rep. 2020;1 (1):241-252. doi: 10.1089/neur.2020.0032. PubMed PMID:33409507 PubMed Central PMC7774879.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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