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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

Diane M. Bless Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology
Associate Vice Chair of Research, Department of Surgery
Director, UW Health Voice and Swallow Clinics
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

Active Clinical Trials

Recent Publications
  • Epidemiology of Vocal Health in Young Adults Attending College in the United States.
    Hartley NA, Breen E, Thibeault SL
    J. Speech Lang. Hear. Res. 2016 Oct 17; ():1-21.
    [PubMed ID: 27750292]
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  • Mesenchymal stromal cell injection promotes vocal fold scar repair without long-term engraftment.
    Bartlett RS, Guille JT, Chen X, Christensen MB, Wang SF, Thibeault SL
    Cytotherapy 2016 Oct; 18(10):1284-96.
    [PubMed ID: 27637759, PMC ID: 5031418]
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  • Laryngeal T regulatory cells in the setting of smoking and reflux.
    Jetté ME, Seroogy CM, Thibeault SL
    Laryngoscope 2016 Sep 22.
    [PubMed ID: 27653511]
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  • Tissue engineering-based therapeutic strategies for vocal fold repair and regeneration.
    Li L, Stiadle JM, Lau HK, Zerdoum AB, Jia X, Thibeault SL, Kiick KL
    Biomaterials 2016 Nov; 108():91-110.
    [PubMed ID: 27619243, PMC ID: 5035639]
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  • MERS versus Standard Surgical Approaches for Porcine Vocal Fold Scarring with Adipose Stem Cell Constructs.
    Woo JH, King SN, Hoffman H, Dailey S, Wang S, Christensen MB, Thibeault SL
    Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2016 Oct; 155(4):612-23.
    [PubMed ID: 27165681]
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