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

  • Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System: Methodology to Identify and Describe Unique Targets and Ingredients.
    Van Stan JH, Whyte J, Duffy JR, Barkmeier-Kraemer JM, Doyle PB, Gherson S, Kelchner L, Muise J, Petty B, Roy N, Stemple J, Thibeault S, Tolejano CJ
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2020 Oct 13;
    [PubMed ID: 33065124]

  • Correction to: Assessing Hyolaryngeal Excursion: Comparing Quantitative Methods to Palpation at the Bedside and Visualization During Videofluoroscopy.
    Brates D, Molfenter SM, Thibeault SL
    Dysphagia 2020 Dec; 35(6): 1006-1007
    [PubMed ID: 32939572]

  • Comparing Quality of Life and Perceptual Speech Ratings in Children With Cleft Palate.
    Pedersen HM, Goodie PA, Braden MN, Thibeault SL
    Cleft Palate Craniofac J 2020 Aug 17; 1055665620949435
    [PubMed ID: 32799664]

  • Drainage of amniotic fluid delays vocal fold separation and induces load-related vocal fold mucosa remodeling.
    Lungova V, Griffin KV, Lunga T, Thibeault SL
    Dev Biol 2020 Oct 01; 466(1-2): 47-58
    [PubMed ID: 32777221]

  • 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]

All Publications on PubMed