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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.

Active Clinical Trials

Recent Publications
  • Swallowing outcomes after cricopharyngeal myotomy: A systematic review.
    Knigge MA, Thibeault SL
    Head Neck 2017 Oct 30.
    [PubMed ID: 29083513]
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  • Cell density, dimethylsulfoxide concentration and needle gauge affect hydrogel-induced bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cell viability.
    Chen X, Foote AG, Thibeault SL
    Cytotherapy 2017 Oct 03.
    [PubMed ID: 28986174]
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  • In vitro evaluation of a basic fibroblast growth factor-containing hydrogel toward vocal fold lamina propria scar treatment.
    Erndt-Marino JD, Jimenez-Vergara AC, Diaz-Rodriguez P, Kulwatno J, Diaz-Quiroz JF, Thibeault S, Hahn MS
    J. Biomed. Mater. Res. Part B Appl. Biomater. 2017 Jun 05.
    [PubMed ID: 28580765]
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  • Strategies for advancing laryngeal tissue engineering.
    Thibeault SL, Welham NV
    Laryngoscope 2017 Oct; 127(10):2319-2320.
    [PubMed ID: 28581251]
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  • Practice Patterns of Speech-Language Pathologists in Pediatric Vocal Health.
    Hartley NA, Braden M, Thibeault SL
    Am J Speech Lang Pathol 2017 May 17; 26(2):281-300.
    [PubMed ID: 28303273]
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