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. Chan, V, Marcus, L, Burlie, D, Mann, RE, Toccalino, D, Cusimano, MD et al.. Social determinants of health associated with psychological distress stratified by lifetime traumatic brain injury status and sex: Cross-sectional evidence from a population sample of adults in Ontario, Canada. PLoS One. 2022;17 (8):e0273072. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0273072. PubMed PMID:36044420 PubMed Central PMC9432736.
  2. Tarzi, G, Tarzi, C, Mirsu, D, Patel, J, Dadashi, E, El-Sabbagh, J et al.. Effect of a new concussion substitute rule on medical assessment of head collision events in Premier League football. Inj Prev. 2022; :. doi: 10.1136/ip-2022-044580. PubMed PMID:35790348 .
  3. Millward, CP, Armstrong, TS, Barrington, H, Bell, S, Brodbelt, AR, Bulbeck, H et al.. Development of 'Core Outcome Sets' for Meningioma in Clinical Studies (The COSMIC Project): protocol for two systematic literature reviews, eDelphi surveys and online consensus meetings. BMJ Open. 2022;12 (5):e057384. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-057384. PubMed PMID:35534067 PubMed Central PMC9086638.
  4. Komisar, V, Dojnov, A, Yang, Y, Shishov, N, Chong, H, Yu, Y et al.. Injuries from falls by older adults in long-term care captured on video: Prevalence of impacts and injuries to body parts. BMC Geriatr. 2022;22 (1):343. doi: 10.1186/s12877-022-03041-3. PubMed PMID:35439948 PubMed Central PMC9019961.
  5. Ku, JC, Taslimi, S, Zuccato, J, Pasarikovski, CR, Nasr, N, Chechik, O et al.. Editor's Choice - Peri-Operative Outcomes of Carotid Endarterectomy are Not Improved on Dual Antiplatelet Therapy vs. Aspirin Monotherapy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2022;63 (4):546-555. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2021.12.037. PubMed PMID:35241374 .
  6. Richards, LM, Whitley, OKN, MacLeod, G, Cavalli, FMG, Coutinho, FJ, Jaramillo, JE et al.. Gradient of Developmental and Injury Response transcriptional states defines functional vulnerabilities underpinning glioblastoma heterogeneity. Nat Cancer. 2021;2 (2):157-173. doi: 10.1038/s43018-020-00154-9. PubMed PMID:35122077 .
  7. 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 .
  8. 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 .
  9. 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. 2022;191 (5):2335-2342. doi: 10.1007/s11845-021-02798-7. PubMed PMID:34664223 PubMed Central PMC8523202.
  10. 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 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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