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:

    • Swallowing outcomes after cricopharyngeal myotomy: A systematic review.
    • Knigge MA, Thibeault SL
    • Head Neck 2017 Oct 30;
    • [PubMed ID: 29083513]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • Strategies for advancing laryngeal tissue engineering.
    • Thibeault SL, Welham NV
    • Laryngoscope 2017 Oct; 127(10): 2319-2320
    • [PubMed ID: 28581251]
    • Macrophage Response to Allogeneic Adipose Tissue-Derived Stromal Cells in Hyaluronan-Based Hydrogel in a Porcine Vocal Fold Injury Model.
    • King SN, Woo JH, Tang S, Thibeault SL
    • Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol. 2017 Jun; 126(6): 463-477
    • [PubMed ID: 28385042]

All Publications on PubMed