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Bernard G. Sarnat, MD, Excellence in Grant Writing Award

The Bernard G. Sarnat, MD, Excellence in Grant Writing Awards recognize investigators for their excellence in research grant writing for projects submitted to The Plastic Surgery Foundation's grant program.

This award honors the contributions of the late Dr. Bernard G. Sarnat, a pioneer in plastic surgery and founding member of the Plastic Surgery Research Council. Dr. Sarnat studied and made notable contributions to craniofacial development and the biological circumstances that led to deformities of facial structures, especially as they affect surgical procedures. Dr. Sarnat was the author and co-author of more than 220 scientific journal papers and books, and lectured extensively at universities and professional societies throughout the United States and the world.

Latest Award Recipients

Terry Myckatyn, MD

Washington University
Project Title: Bacterial Biofilm Formation on Breast Implants in Reconstruction and BIA-ALCL

Terry Myckatyn is a Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis. A native of Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Myckatyn was initially educated at the University of British Columbia before completing residency training at the Barnes Hospital/Washington University training program in Saint Louis. He is a faculty member at Washington University. He lives in Saint Louis with his wife Dr. Allison Ogden, an Otolaryngologist, and their daughters Katie and Meg. Initially, his clinical practice focused on reconstructive and hand surgery, consistent with an academic plastic surgery practice, and was accompanied by basic science research in peripheral nerve regeneration, reconstruction, and transplantation. Dr. Myckatyn's clinical practice subsequently evolved so that it is now predominantly breast cancer reconstruction and aesthetic surgery. He was instrumental in the creation of West County Plastic Surgeons, a plastic surgery practice and spa in Saint Louis, that has successfully grown within an academic plastic surgery environment to provide both high quality aesthetic surgery and strong resident education in this important area of our specialty. Consistent with his clinical practice, Dr. Myckatyn's research interests now focus on breast reconstruction and aesthetic surgery. Together with his clever and industrious colleagues, residents, and collaborators, he now does active, grant-funded research to include development of clinical decision aids, randomized prospective trials, bench research in matrix protein and bacterial deposition on breast implants, and outcome studies extracting information from large databases.

Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD

Washington University
Project Title: Contributions of the immune response after nerve injury to NMJ reinnervation

Dr. Alison Snyder-Warwick is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Director of the Facial Nerve Institute at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Snyder-Warwick completed medical school, a research fellowship in Developmental Biology, and surgical residency training all at Wash U. She then travelled to Toronto, Canada for specialized training in pediatric plastic surgery and pediatric microsurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Snyder-Warwick is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the Plastic Surgery Research Council, the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, and the American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons. She currently serves as secretary for the Sir Charles Bell Society, an international, multidisciplinary group dedicated to advancing care for people afflicted with facial nerve disorders, and is Program Co-Chair for the 2018 ASPN meeting. In addition she serves on multiple committees and provides peer review for several journals.

Dr. Snyder-Warwick's main clinical focus is pediatric plastic surgery and reconstruction for facial nerve disorders, treatment of facial clefts, ear reconstruction, reconstruction of birth-related brachial plexus injuries, and pediatric and adult microsurgical procedures. Her clinical interests have led to pioneering basic science research investigations involving the terminal Schwann cell, a unique glial cell present at the nerve-muscle interface.

Dr. Snyder-Warwick is passionate about helping children and adults with facial paralysis, nerve-related injuries, and facial anomalies and is committed to studying novel techniques of optimizing care for people affected by peripheral nerve pathology and facial differences.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2016: Benjamin Levi, MD (Basic)
  • 2016: Katie Weichman, MD (Clinical)
  • 2015: Amy M. Moore, MD (Basic)
  • 2015: Christopher Pannucci, MD, MS, FAWM (Clinical)
  • 2014: Amy Moore, MD (Basic)
  • 2014: Erika Sears, MD (Clinical)
  • 2013: Reid A. Maclellan, MD, MMSc (Basic)
  • 2013: Nijaguna Prasad, PhD (Clinical)
  • 2012: Theodore A. Kung, MD (Basic)
  • 2012: Bing Siang Gan, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS (Clinical)