Diane M Bless, PhD

Professor Emeritus

  • Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

(608) 263-0192

600 Highland Ave
709 Clincal Science Center-K4
Madison, WI 53792-3284


  • PhD, Communicative Disorders and Behavioral Disabilities, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1971
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 1971-1972
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Kurume University Medical School, Japan, 1980-1981

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Bless heads the Division’s Voice Section, which specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with voice, resonance, and airway disorders.

Research Interests

Dr. Bless is director of the UW vocal functions laboratories communication processes unit. She has research interests in lifespan change in voice production, efficacy of treatment of vocal dysphonias, assessment/measurement of laryngeal function, and physiological effects of voice treatments.

Recent Publications

  • Voice-Vibratory Assessment With Laryngeal Imaging (VALI) Form: Reliability of Rating Stroboscopy and High-speed Videoendoscopy.
    Poburka BJ, Patel RR, Bless DM
    J Voice 2017 Jul; 31(4): 513.e1-513.e14
    [PubMed ID: 28040342]

  • Histological Effect of Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor on Chronic Vocal Fold Scarring in a Rat Model.
    Tateya I, Tateya T, Sohn JH, Bless DM
    Clin Exp Otorhinolaryngol 2016 Mar; 9(1): 56-61
    [PubMed ID: 26976028]

  • Homeostasis of hyaluronic acid in normal and scarred vocal folds.
    Tateya I, Tateya T, Watanuki M, Bless DM
    J Voice 2015 Mar; 29(2): 133-9
    [PubMed ID: 25499520]

  • Interspecies comparison of stellate cell-containing macula flavae and vitamin A storage in vocal fold mucosa.
    Toya Y, Riabroy N, Davis CR, Kishimoto Y, Tanumihardjo SA, Bless DM, Welham NV
    J Anat 2014 Sep; 225(3): 298-305
    [PubMed ID: 25040030]

  • Effects of aging on thyroarytenoid muscle regeneration.
    Lee K, Kletzien H, Connor NP, Schultz E, Chamberlain CS, Bless DM
    Laryngoscope 2012 Dec; 122(12): 2800-7
    [PubMed ID: 22965923]

All Publications on PubMed