Kathleen Tibbetts, M.D.

  • Otolaryngology
  • Oral & Throat (Pharyngeal) Disorders
  • Professional Voice Care


Kathleen M. Tibbetts, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Specializing in laryngology, she evaluates and treats patients with voiceairway, and swallowing disorders.  She sees patients at both the Clinical Center for Voice Care in Dallas and the Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center in Fort Worth.

Dr. Tibbetts earned her medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and completed a residency in otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She received advanced training in laryngology and voice disorders through a fellowship at the University of Texas Voice Center, part of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2016.

Dr. Tibbetts has published a number of scholarly articles and delivered many invited lectures and presentations. Her research interests include chronic cough and outcomes in patients with voice, swallowing, and breathing disorders.

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Texas Medical Association.

Meet Dr. Tibbetts

Otolaryngologist in Dallas

UT Southwestern Medical Center otolaryngologist Dr. Kathleen Tibbetts has special expertise in evaluating and treating patients with voice, airway, and swallowing disorders.

Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and fellowship-trained in laryngology, Dr. Tibbetts cares for patients with a wide range of conditions, including vocal cord nodules, polyps, and cysts; weak and paralyzed vocal cords; glottic, subglottic, and tracheal stenosis; chronic cough; early laryngeal cancer; aging voice; and chronic hoarseness.

Convenient Treatments, Quick Recoveries

Dr. Tibbetts is trained to perform a number of in-office procedures used to treat laryngeal disorders.

“Although some patients do need to go to the operating room for treatment, we’re also able to offer procedures in the clinic without any sedation. This allows many patients to avoid the operating room and the risks of anesthesia,” she says.

“Patients are often able to come in to the office for a procedure and go back to work the same day, without having to take time off to recover.”

Dr. Tibbetts enjoys talking with her patients and helping to improve their quality of life.

“The functions of the larynx – voice, swallowing, and breathing – are so vital to our well-being, so even small interventions can make a big difference in people’s lives,” she says. “I really try to listen to what patients tell me and be comprehensive in what I ask them, because every issue – no matter how big or small – is important to that person and guides our problem-solving.”

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Education & Training
  • Medical School - Washington University School of Medicine (2006-2010)
  • Fellowship - UT Health Science Center/Voice Center (2015-2016), Laryngology
  • Residency - Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2010-2015), Otorhinolaryngology
Honors & Awards
  • Texas Monthly Super Doctors, Rising Star 2020

Clinical Focus

  • Oral & Throat (Pharyngeal) Disorders
  • Professional Voice Care
  • Swallowing Problems
  • Airway Abnormalities
  • Voice Disorders
  • Airway Conditions
  • Laryngeal Cancer

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Q&A by Dr. Tibbetts