The Department of Surgery announced two new leadership positions: Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, professor of surgery and the Morgridge Distinguished Chair in Health Services Research, will assume the role of Vice Chair of Research, and Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC–SLP, professor of surgery and the Diane M. Bless Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology, will serve as Associate Vice Chair of Research. Dr. Greenberg, focusing on health services and clinical research, and Dr. Thibeault, focusing on basic science research, will utilize their extensive experience in research, mentoring, and cross-disciplinary collaboration to reinvigorate investigative focus throughout the department. Their first task in these new roles will be to develop a strategic plan that will guide and grow our research programs and help our investigators attain more funding.
Dr. Greenberg was recruited to the Department of Surgery in 2011 tasked with the job of establishing a nationally recognized health services research (HSR) program. In just a few short years she has developed the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR) into one of the country’s leading HSR centers, currently supporting 28 department investigators and fostering research collaborations across campus. To date, WiSOR investigators have submitted nearly 100 grant applications and have attained more than $10 million in research funding. Dr. Greenberg’s research program is focused on the quality and safety of surgical care. She serves as key personnel on five funded PCORI awards, and four NIH awards. She is PI or co-PI of a PCORI grant, an R01 through NIDDK, and a collaborative grant through the Wisconsin Partnership Program.
Dr. Thibeault joined the Department of Surgery in 2006 as a faculty researcher in the Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and director of the UW Health Voice and Swallow Clinics. Her highly productive research program is focused on vocal tissue engineering and laryngeal immunology and is supported through her roles on several NIH grants; PI on three R01 grants, Co-PI on one R01, PI on two R01 sub awards, PI on one R01 supplement, Co-Investigator on one R01, mentor on a K23, and co-director on a T32 funding research in voice disorders. In her role as director of the Voice and Swallow Clinics, Dr. Thibeault oversees a staff of 20 speech-language pathologists who treat adult and pediatric patients for a wide range of voice, swallowing, and airway disorders. The program is renowned nationally and internationally for their CME accredited online Voice and Swallow Clinics Case Conference and Lecture Series and the biennial Phonosurgery Symposium, now in its 14th year.