Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD, is director of the Facial Nerve Institute at Washington University in St. Louis. Her clinical focus is management of facial paralysis in children and adults. Her clinical interests have led to pioneering basic science research investigations involving the terminal Schwann cell, a unique cell present at the nerve-muscle interface that may have an important role in recovery after nerve injury.
Dr. Snyder-Warwick completed her medical degree and general surgery residency training at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed a research fellowship in developmental biology before finishing her plastic surgery residency training at Washington University. Dr. Snyder-Warwick then traveled to Toronto, Canada, for specialized training in pediatric plastic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children. While there, she worked with Ronald Zuker, MD, a world-renowned pediatric plastic surgeon who has developed and improved many of the techniques used for dynamic smile surgery, including smile reconstruction for patients with Moebius syndrome. Dr. Snyder-Warwick completed her pediatric plastic surgery fellowship in 2012.
Reconstruction in patients with facial nerve disorders is Dr. Snyder-Warwick’s area of interest. She specializes in dynamic facial reconstructions using nerve transfers, nerve grafts and free functional muscle transfers. Dr. Snyder-Warwick is passionate about helping children and adults with facial paralysis and is committed to studying novel techniques of optimizing care for people affected by this condition.