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

Dr. Thibeault is the Medical Director of the UW Health Speech Language Pathology and Audiology program, 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

    • 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 2019 Jun 10;
    • [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]
    • Is There a Relationship Between Vocal Effort and VHI?
    • Ruel B, Thibeault S
    • J Voice 2019 Apr 08;
    • [PubMed ID: 30975580]

All Publications on PubMed