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

  • Vocal fold mucus layer: Comparison of histological protocols for visualization in mice.
    An R, Robbins D, Rey FE, Thibeault SL
    Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol 2022 Apr; 7(2): 444-453
    [PubMed ID: 35434350]

  • Predictors of Aspiration and Silent Aspiration in Patients With New Tracheostomy.
    Marvin S, Thibeault SL
    Am J Speech Lang Pathol 2021 11 04; 30(6): 2554-2560
    [PubMed ID: 34618595]

  • Role of Voice Therapy in Adherence to Voice Rest After Office-Based Vocal Fold Procedures.
    King RE, Dailey SH, Thibeault SL
    Am J Speech Lang Pathol 2021 11 04; 30(6): 2542-2553
    [PubMed ID: 34520225]

  • Voice Therapy According to the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System: Expert Consensus Ingredients and Targets.
    Van Stan JH, Whyte J, Duffy JR, Barkmeier-Kraemer J, Doyle P, Gherson S, Kelchner L, Muise J, Petty B, Roy N, Stemple J, Thibeault S, Tolejano CJ
    Am J Speech Lang Pathol 2021 09 23; 30(5): 2169-2201
    [PubMed ID: 34464550]

  • Setting Up for Success: Strategies to Foster Surgeons' Pursuit of Basic Science Research.
    Livingston-Rosanoff D, Park KY, Alagoz E, Thibeault S, Gibson A
    J Surg Res 2021 12; 268: 71-78
    [PubMed ID: 34289417]

All Publications on PubMed