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. 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 .
  2. 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.
  3. Rabski, JE, Saha, A, Cusimano, MD. Setting standards of performance expected in neurosurgery residency: A study on entrustable professional activities in competency-based medical education. Am J Surg. 2020; :. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2020.12.014. PubMed PMID:33341234 .
  4. Rabski, JE, Saha, A, Cusimano, MD, Dabns, F. Resident evaluations in the age of competency-based medical education: faculty perspectives on minimizing burdens. J Neurosurg. 2020; :1-6. doi: 10.3171/2020.7.JNS201688. PubMed PMID:33307525 .
  5. Zador, Z, Landry, AP, Saha, A, Cusimano, MD. Gene Expression Signatures Identify Biologically Homogenous Subgroups of Grade 2 Meningiomas. Front Oncol. 2020;10 :541928. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2020.541928. PubMed PMID:33224871 PubMed Central PMC7674612.
  6. Nguyen, MTB, Farahvash, A, Dickson, BC, Lee, JM, Cusimano, MD, Tsang, DS et al.. Sinonasal Chondrosarcoma Presenting With Isolated Severe Vision Loss. J Neuroophthalmol. 2020; :. doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000001130. PubMed PMID:33136664 .
  7. Zador, Z, Landry, AP, Haibe-Kains, B, Cusimano, MD. Meta-gene markers predict meningioma recurrence with high accuracy. Sci Rep. 2020;10 (1):18028. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-74482-2. PubMed PMID:33093491 PubMed Central PMC7582964.
  8. Turner, NE, Cook, S, Shi, J, Elton-Marshall, T, Hamilton, H, Ilie, G et al.. Traumatic brain injuries and problem gambling in youth: Evidence from a population-based study of secondary students in Ontario, Canada. PLoS One. 2020;15 (10):e0239661. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0239661. PubMed PMID:33007032 PubMed Central PMC7531994.
  9. Cusimano, MD, Saarela, O, Hart, K, Zhang, S, McFaull, SR. A population-based study of fall-related traumatic brain injury identified in older adults in hospital emergency departments. Neurosurg Focus. 2020;49 (4):E20. doi: 10.3171/2020.7.FOCUS20520. PubMed PMID:33002878 .
  10. Sokol-Randell, D, Rotundo, MP, Tierney, G, Deasy, C, Cusimano, MD. Frequent but limited assessment of potentially concussed players in Gaelic Football: an opportunity to learn from other sports. Ir J Med Sci. 2020; :. doi: 10.1007/s11845-020-02390-5. PubMed PMID:32997230 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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