Robin T. Cotton, MD, FACS, FRCS(C)

Director, Aerodigestive Center

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

UC Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Phone: 513-636-4355

Fax: 513-636-8133


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Pediatric airway reconstruction; congenital and acquired anomalies of the airway; cleft lip repair; cleft palate repair; dysphagia; laryngitis; laryngomalacia; otitis media; tonsillitis


Originally from England, Robin T. Cotton, MD, has built the world's premiere center for the diagnosis and treatment of airway abnormalities. He was instrumental in developing the Airway Management Unit, which has evolved into the Aerodigestive Center. The Aerodigestive Center is now the forefront of the multidisciplinary approach management for children with complex airway disorders.

Dr. Cotton was the director of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center from 1973 to 2012. The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology has become the busiest surgical subspecialties at Cincinnati Children's, with more than 36,000 visits and 15,000 surgeries each year. The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery was the first to utilize Cincinnati Children's outpatient facilities.

Dr. Cotton has been an invited speaker to many national and international functions each year. Because of his reputation, 70 percent of his patients requiring airway surgery are from outside the Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky area.

Together, Dr. Cotton and his colleagues have developed a world-renowned program to treat primary and specialized ear, nose and throat problems, including swallowing disorders, speech disorders and cochlear implants.

Named one of the "Best Doctors in the United States" in 1998, Dr. Cotton and his staff have built an international reputation for the treatment of hearing and aerodigestive conditions in children.

Education and Training

MD: University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, 1966

Residency: General Surgery, United Birmingham Hospital, Birmingham, England, 1968; Otolaryngology Residency, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 1971

Fellowship: Otolaryngology Fellowship, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 1972; Head and Neck Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1973

Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, 1972


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