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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
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 Oct 1; 57(5):1679-91.
    [PubMed ID: 24686981]
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  • Structural and functional vocal fold epithelial integrity following injury.
    Leydon C, Imaizumi M, Yang D, Thibeault SL, Fried MP
    Laryngoscope 2014 Jul 7.
    [PubMed ID: 25044022]
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  • Classification for animal vocal fold surgery: Resection margins impact histological outcomes of vocal fold injury.
    Imaizumi M, Thibeault SL, Leydon C
    Laryngoscope 2014 Jun 26.
    [PubMed ID: 24965969]
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  • Formulation and Characterization of a Porous, Elastomeric Biomaterial for Vocal Fold Tissue Engineering Research.
    Gaston J, Bartlett RS, Klemuk SA, Thibeault SL
    Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol. 2014 Jun 18.
    [PubMed ID: 24944281]
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  • Systemic Hydration: Relating Science to Clinical Practice in Vocal Health.
    Hartley NA, Thibeault SL
    J Voice 2014 Sep; 28(5):652.e1-652.e20.
    [PubMed ID: 24880674, PMC ID: 4157110]
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