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Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) BLDG. 1485
1111 Highland Avenue
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
  • Cellular source and proinflammatory roles of high-mobility group box 1 in surgically injured rat vocal folds.
    Li-Jessen NY, Powell M, Choi AJ, Lee BJ, Thibeault SL
    Laryngoscope 2016 Oct 24.
    [PubMed ID: 27774594]
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  • The human laryngeal microbiome: effects of cigarette smoke and reflux.
    Jetté ME, Dill-McFarland KA, Hanshew AS, Suen G, Thibeault SL
    Sci Rep 2016 Oct 24; 6():35882.
    [PubMed ID: 27775059, PMC ID: 5075886]
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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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  • 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 01; 59(5):973-993.
    [PubMed ID: 27750292]
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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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