Research Topics: pediatric, craniofacial and nerve surgery
Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD, has multiple active clinical research pursuits related to her interests and practice. These research endeavors are briefly summarized below:
- Improving tools and outcomes for reconstruction of facial nerve deficits
Snyder-Warwick is part of a multi-disciplinary, international effort to provide more standardized methods for universal assessment of facial movement. In addition, she evaluates patient-reported outcome measures related to surgical and procedural interventions to improve facial symmetry, analyzes postoperative outcomes, performs anatomical studies and investigates additional topics related to facial paralysis and reconstruction.
- Defining treatment parameters and assessing outcomes after corneal neurotization
Snyder-Warwick, in partnership with Steven Couch, MD, FACS (oculoplastics), is one of only a few teams offering corneal neurotization to patients. She devises anatomical projects to improve surgical technique and assesses patient outcomes—both objective and patient-reported.
- Assessing pediatric opioid use and accessibility
Snyder-Warwick assesses pediatric opioid use, disposal and accessibility in her own practice and more broadly. She studies opioid use in different pediatric patient populations.
- Evaluating gender-related differences in academic plastic surgery
Snyder-Warwick evaluates the roles of women in academic plastic surgery.
- Determining the impact of multidisciplinary surgical care on transgender patients
Snyder-Warwick has built a multidisciplinary surgical team for the care of transgender patients desiring gender-affirming reconstructive surgery. She studies team components, patient attitudes and clinical outcomes.
- Improving patient-centered care in multidisciplinary management of patients with cleft lip and/or palate
As Co-Directors of the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Institute at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Snyder-Warwick and Kamlesh Patel, MD, collaborate to improve patient experiences and streamline care in the multidisciplinary clinic.