Faculty Research

Keith Brandt, MD, is conducting research evaluating the outcomes of various types of breast reconstructions including the development of an evaluation instrument for rating breast reconstruction outcomes and investigating the safety of bilateral breast reconstruction.

Ida K. Fox, MD, is interested in educational and clinical multidisciplinary research. She has developed and implemented an educational website (nervesurgery.wustl.edu) that provides comprehensive multimedia information on nerve repair and nerve transfer procedures. She is interested in how doctors learn with technology and, in particular, how cyberlearning can be used to teach surgeons new techniques. She is also interested in the study of the use of peripheral nerve transfers to restore volitional function of the hand in patients who are partial quadriplegics.

Susan Mackinnon, MD, runs an NIH-funded laboratory investigating nerve allotransplantation for traumatic nerve injury. She also has several clinical studies focusing on peripheral nerve injury. She has an ongoing R01 grant on nerve allograft and also was awarded an RO1 grant on “The Effects of Glial Cell-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) on Peripheral Nerve Regeneration.”

Terence Myckatyn, MD, performs grant-funded clinical and translational research related to cosmetic and breast reconstructive surgery. He is the PI of a multicenter trial studying the oncologic safety of fat grafting. He is also studying the impact of three-dimensional imaging on patient satisfaction in breast augmentation, the impact of acellular dermal matrices (ADMs) in biofilm formation and capsular contracture with breast implants, and the economic impact of ADMs on breast reconstruction. Other studies looking at nipple perfusion with skin-sparing mastectomy and the impact of tumor:breast ratio on patient-reported outcomes are also ongoing. He remains an advisor for studies related to transgenic techniques, peripheral nerve regeneration and in vivo imaging.

Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD, is interested in defining the function of the terminal Schwann cell, a nonmyelinating Schwann cell present at the neuromuscular junction. She runs a basic science laboratory in collaboration with Kelly Monk, PhD, in the Department of Developmental Biology. She is also devoted to clinical research involving outcomes in facial animation procedures.

Thomas Tung, MD, runs an NIH-supported lab investigating composite tissue transplantation. He has developed a model of limb transplantation in the mouse and is studying the immunology of limb transplantation, nerve regeneration in the limb allograft, and the efficacy of costimulation blockade for the induction of tolerance.