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

  • Derivation of Three-Dimensional Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Vocal Fold Mucosa for Clinical and Pharmacological Applications.
    Lungova V, Thibeault SL
    Methods Mol Biol 2021 May 07;
    [PubMed ID: 33959913]

  • Examining Relationships Between GRBAS Ratings and Acoustic, Aerodynamic and Patient-Reported Voice Measures in Adults With Voice Disorders.
    Fujiki RB, Thibeault SL
    J Voice 2021 Mar 06;
    [PubMed ID: 33750626]

  • Novel immortalized human vocal fold epithelial cell line: In vitro tool for mucosal biology.
    Chen X, Lungova V, Zhang H, Mohanty C, Kendziorski C, Thibeault SL
    FASEB J 2021 02; 35(2): e21243
    [PubMed ID: 33428261]

  • Inactivation of Lats1 and Lats2 highlights the role of hippo pathway effector YAP in larynx and vocal fold epithelium morphogenesis.
    Mohad V, Lungova V, Verheyden J, Thibeault SL
    Dev Biol 2021 05; 473: 33-49
    [PubMed ID: 33515576]

  • Correlation Between EAT-10 and Aspiration Risk Differs by Dysphagia Etiology.
    Bartlett RS, Kenz MK, Wayment HA, Thibeault SL
    Dysphagia 2021 Jan 24;
    [PubMed ID: 33486590]

All Publications on PubMed