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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Evaluating gender-related differences in academic plastic surgery
    Snyder-Warwick evaluates the roles of women in academic plastic surgery.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.