Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC-SLP


  • Diane M. Bless Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology
  • Vice Chair of Research, Department of Surgery
  • UW Health Medical Director of Speech & Hearing Services
  • 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

  • Effect of Lidocaine on Comfort and Swallowing Pressures During Pharyngeal High-Resolution Manometry.
    Hernandez J, Leverson G, Thibeault S
    Dysphagia 2020 Jul 18;
    [PubMed ID: 32683497]

  • Predictors of Voice Therapy Initiation: A Cross-Sectional Cohort Study.
    Pasternak K, Diaz J, Thibeault SL
    J Voice 2020 Jun 16;
    [PubMed ID: 32561211]

  • Voice-Gender Incongruence and Voice Health Information-Seeking Behaviors in the Transgender Community.
    Kennedy E, Thibeault SL
    Am J Speech Lang Pathol 2020 Aug 04; 29(3): 1563-1573
    [PubMed ID: 32539455]

  • Outcomes of voice therapy in children with benign vocal fold lesions.
    Braden M, Thibeault SL
    Int. J. Pediatr. Otorhinolaryngol. 2020 May 16; 136: 110121
    [PubMed ID: 32531617]

  • A Mouse Model of Oropharyngeal Papillomavirus-Induced Neoplasia Using Novel Tools for Infection and Nasal Anesthesia.
    Bilger A, King RE, Schroeder JP, Piette JT, Hinshaw LA, Kurth AD, AlRamahi RW, Barthel MV, Ward-Shaw ET, Buehler D, Masters KS, Thibeault SL, Lambert PF
    Viruses 2020 Apr 16; 12(4)
    [PubMed ID: 32316091]

All Publications on PubMed