University of Wisconsin–Madison

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
(608) 263-0121

Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) BLDG. 1485
1111 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705-2275


  • 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.

Recent Publications

    • Is There a Relationship Between Vocal Effort and VHI?
    • Ruel B, Thibeault S
    • J Voice 2019 Apr 08;
    • [PubMed ID: 30975580]
    • Postextubation Dysphagia in Pediatric Populations: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes.
    • Hoffmeister J, Zaborek N, Thibeault SL
    • J. Pediatr. 2019 Apr 03;
    • [PubMed ID: 30954246]
    • Methodology for the establishment of primary porcine vocal fold epithelial cell cultures.
    • Erickson-DiRenzo E, Leydon C, Thibeault SL
    • Laryngoscope 2019 Mar 08;
    • [PubMed ID: 30848488]
    • High-resolution manometry and swallow outcomes after vocal fold injection medialization for unilateral vocal fold paralysis/paresis.
    • Kammer RE, Jones CA, Johnson AM, Dailey SH, McCulloch TM, Thibeault SL
    • Head Neck 2019 Feb 27;
    • [PubMed ID: 30811725]
    • Factors Affecting Initiation of Voice Therapy for Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion Disorder.
    • Pasternak K, Thibeault SL
    • J Voice 2019 Jan 16;
    • [PubMed ID: 30660338]

All Publications on PubMed