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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

Active Clinical Trials

Recent Publications
  • Derivation of Epithelial Cells from Human Embryonic Stem Cells as an In Vitro Model of Vocal Mucosa.
    Lungova V, Leydon C, Thibeault S
    Methods Mol. Biol. 2016; 1307():237-43.
    [PubMed ID: 25403465]
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  • Early Cellular Response to Radiation in Human Vocal Fold Fibroblasts.
    Erickson-DiRenzo E, Enos G, Thibeault SL
    Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol. 2015 Nov 8.
    [PubMed ID: 26553661]
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  • Comparative analysis of clinical profile: Chronic cough vs paradoxical vocal fold motion.
    Hartley NA, Petty BE, Johnson B, Thibeault SL
    Respir Med 2015 Oct 22.
    [PubMed ID: 26507903]
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  • Characterization of the Leukocyte Response in Acute Vocal Fold Injury.
    King SN, Guille J, Thibeault SL
    PLoS ONE 2015; 10(10):e0139260.
    [PubMed ID: 26430970, PMC ID: 4591973]
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  • Vocal fold myofibroblast profile of scarring.
    Branco A, Bartley SM, King SN, Jetté ME, Thibeault SL
    Laryngoscope 2015 Sep 7.
    [PubMed ID: 26344050]
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