Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC-SLP


  • Diane M. Bless Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology
  • Vice Chair of Research, Department of Surgery
  • Medical Director of UW Health Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
  • 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

Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC–SLP, is the Medical Director of the Speech & Hearing Services at UW Health and the Diane M. Bless Endowed Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Research Interests

Dr. Thibeault is the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her NIDCD funded research efforts are primarily in the areas of vocal fold mucosa biology encompassing regenerative medicine, immunology and development.

Specific to WiSOR affiliated health services research, Dr. Thibeault is the Principal Investigator for the University of Wisconsin–Madison Voice and Swallow Outcomes Database. This is a disease specific database that has health-related data including long-term data from more than 5000 patients who have been seen at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Recent Publications

  • Pharyngeal Versus Esophageal Stasis: Accuracy of Symptom Localization.
    Marvin S, Thibeault S
    Am J Speech Lang Pathol 2020 Mar 06; 1-9
    [PubMed ID: 32142366]

  • Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived vocal fold mucosa mimics development and responses to smoke exposure.
    Lungova V, Chen X, Wang Z, Kendziorski C, Thibeault SL
    Nat Commun 2019 09 24; 10(1): 4161
    [PubMed ID: 31551422]

  • Effect of sex hormones on extracellular matrix of lamina propria in rat vocal fold.
    Kim JM, Shin SC, Park GC, Lee JC, Jeon YK, Ahn SJ, Thibeault S, Lee BJ
    Laryngoscope 2020 Mar; 130(3): 732-740
    [PubMed ID: 31180590]

  • Laryngotracheal Microbiota in Adult Laryngotracheal Stenosis.
    Hillel AT, Tang SS, Carlos C, Skarlupka JH, Gowda M, Yin LX, Motz K, Currie CR, Suen G, Thibeault SL
    mSphere 2019 05 01; 4(3)
    [PubMed ID: 31043518]

  • Tissue specific human fibroblast differential expression based on RNAsequencing analysis.
    Foote AG, Wang Z, Kendziorski C, Thibeault SL
    BMC Genomics 2019 Apr 23; 20(1): 308
    [PubMed ID: 31014251]

All Publications on PubMed