Suzanne King, PhD, CCC/SLP

Assistant Professor

Department of Otolaryngology-Head/Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders | Section of Speech-Language Pathology

319 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 420 502-852-0345 (o) | 502-852-0865 (f)

Educational Background

      PhD | University of Wisconsin-Madison
      MA | University of Central Florida
      BA | University of South Florida

    Research Interests

        Voice and Swallowing Disorders
        Muscle Dysfunction
        Inflammation/Injury (Upper Airway Structures)
        Laryngeal/Pharyngeal Motility Impairments


          CMDS 572 Anatomy and Physiology for Communicative Sciences
          CMDS 663 Voice Disorders


          Suzanne King received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Communicative Disorders. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Louisville in Department of Neurosurgery. In fall 2016, she joined the Department of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders at UofL. 

          Research Overview

          My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms behind impairments in swallowing mobility following injuries to upper airway. We use variety of methods to study these questions, such as videofluoroscopy, immunohistochemistry, electromyography and immunoassays. My studies consists of both clinical and animal models. Currently, we are studying structural and functional complications associated with radiation treatment for laryngeal and pharyngeal cancer. Specifically, we are investigating aberrancies in wound healing that occur following radiotherapy. Ultimately, determining how these injury-induced swallowing problems arise will lead to potential targets for interventions that can circumvent or manage these disorders.

          Interested in Joining the Lab?

          We invite talented undergraduate and graduate students to volunteer in the lab. If interested please send your resume to Dr. King (