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Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) BLDG. 1485
MADISON, WI 53705-2275

Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor
Diane M. Bless Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology
Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery


  • BS, University of Western Ontario, Biology, London, Ontario, Canada, 1989
  • MS Communication Disorders, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 1992
  • PhD Communication Disorders, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2001

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Thibeault is the Director of the Voice and Swallow Section of the Otolaryngology Clinics, which specializes in evaluation and treatment of patients with voice, resonance, swallowing and airway disorders.

Research Interests

Dr. Thibeault’s translational research investigates molecular and genetic factors that are the basis of normal vocal fold tissue and its vibration. Dr Thibeault studies vocal fold injury and wound healing as a disordered model. Specifically, Dr Thibeault’s lab has two main areas of study — tissue engineering of the vocal fold lamina propria and laryngeal immunology. The lab has developed unique primary and immortalized human cell lines, in addition to vibrational bioreactors to aid in the research pursuit.

Dr. Thibeault's Lab


Recent Publications
  • Vocal Fold Epithelial Barrier in Health and Injury A Research Review.
    Levendoski EE, Leydon C, Thibeault SL
    J. Speech Lang. Hear. Res. 2014 Mar 1.
    [PubMed ID: 24686981]
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  • Implementation of high-resolution manometry in the clinical practice of speech language pathology.
    Knigge MA, Thibeault S, McCulloch TM
    Dysphagia 2014 Feb; 29(1):2-16.
    [PubMed ID: 24233810]
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  • An in vivo study of composite microgels based on hyaluronic acid and gelatin for the reconstruction of surgically injured rat vocal folds.
    Coppoolse JM, Van Kooten TG, Heris HK, Mongeau L, Li NY, Thibeault SL, Pitaro J, Akinpelu O, Daniel SJ
    J. Speech Lang. Hear. Res. 2014 Feb 1.
    [PubMed ID: 24687141]
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  • In vitro epithelial differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells for vocal fold tissue engineering.
    Imaizumi M, Sato Y, Yang DT, Thibeault SL
    Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol. 2013 Dec; 122(12):737-47.
    [PubMed ID: 24592576]
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  • Restructuring the vocal fold lamina propria with endoscopic microdissection.
    Bartlett RS, Hoffman HT, Dailey SH, Bock JM, Klemuk SA, Askeland RW, Ahlrichs-Hanson JS, Heaford AC, Thibeault SL
    Laryngoscope 2013 Nov; 123(11):2780-6.
    [PubMed ID: 23959803, PMC ID: 3951149]
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