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Diane M Bless, PhD

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(608) 265-8207

MADISON, WI 53792-3284

Diane M Bless, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery


  • PhD, Communicative Disorders and Behavioral Disabilities, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1971
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 1971-1972
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Kurume University Medical School, Japan, 1980-1981

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Bless heads the Division’s Voice Section, which specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with voice, resonance, and airway disorders.

Research Interests

Dr. Bless is director of the UW vocal functions laboratories communication processes unit. She has research interests in lifespan change in voice production, efficacy of treatment of vocal dysphonias, assessment/measurement of laryngeal function, and physiological effects of voice treatments.

Recent Publications
  • Interspecies comparison of stellate cell-containing macula flavae and vitamin A storage in vocal fold mucosa.
    Toya Y, Riabroy N, Davis CR, Kishimoto Y, Tanumihardjo SA, Bless DM, Welham NV
    J. Anat. 2014 Sep; 225(3):298-305.
    [PubMed ID: 25040030]
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  • Effects of aging on thyroarytenoid muscle regeneration.
    Lee K, Kletzien H, Connor NP, Schultz E, Chamberlain CS, Bless DM
    Laryngoscope 2012 Dec; 122(12):2800-7.
    [PubMed ID: 22965923, PMC ID: 3522788]
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  • Nonlinear dynamic-based analysis of severe dysphonia in patients with vocal fold scar and sulcus vocalis.
    Choi SH, Zhang Y, Jiang JJ, Bless DM, Welham NV
    J Voice 2012 Sep; 26(5):566-76.
    [PubMed ID: 22516315, PMC ID: 3402686]
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  • Vocal fold vibratory characteristics in normal female speakers from high-speed digital imaging.
    Ahmad K, Yan Y, Bless DM
    J Voice 2012 Mar; 26(2):239-53.
    [PubMed ID: 21621975]
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  • Prospective multi-arm evaluation of surgical treatments for vocal fold scar and pathologic sulcus vocalis.
    Welham NV, Choi SH, Dailey SH, Ford CN, Jiang JJ, Bless DM
    Laryngoscope 2011 Jun; 121(6):1252-60.
    [PubMed ID: 21557241, PMC ID: 3100420]
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