A photo of Robert Cotton.

Emeritus, UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery



About Me


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.

Clinical Interests

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

Academic Affiliation

Emeritus, UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

Prager JD, Hopkins BS, Propst EJ, Shott SR, Cotton RT. Oropharyngeal stenosis: a complication of multilevel, single-stage upper airway surgery in children. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Nov;136(11):1111-5.

Cotton RT, Cohen AP. Eco-conservation and healthcare ethics: a call to action. Laryngoscope. 2010 Jan;120(1):4-8.

Burrow TA, Saal HM, de Alarcon A, Martin LJ, Cotton RT, Hopkin RJ. Characterization of congenital anomalies in individuals with choanal atresia. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Jun;135(6):543-7.

Propst EJ, Lin EP, Istaphanous GK, Boesch RP, Ryckman FC, Cotton RT, Rutter MJ. Management of traumatic tracheobronchial separation in a teenager using a fabricated extra-long endotracheal tube. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2009 Aug;73(8):1163-7.

Hart CK, Richter GT, Cotton RT, Rutter MJ. Arytenoid prolapse: a source of obstruction following laryngotracheoplasty. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 May;140(5):752-6.

Wootten CT, Goudy SL, Rutter MJ, Willging JP, Cotton RT. Airway injury complicating excision of thyroglossal duct cysts. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2009 Jun;73(6):797-801.

Fricke BL, Abbott MB, Donnelly LF, Dardzinski BJ, Poe SA, Kalra M, Amin RS, Cotton RT. Upper airway volume segmentation analysis using cine MRI findings in children with tracheostomy tubes. Korean J Radiol. 2007 Nov-Dec;8(6):506-11.

Schraff SA, Zur KB, Jacobs I, Darrow DH, Cotton RT, Rutter MJ. The clinical relevance of the submucosal cricoid cleft. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2007 Jul;71(7):1099-104.

Johnson LB, Cotton RT, Rutter MJ. Management of symptomatic tracheal pouches. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2007 Apr;71(4):527-31.

Azizkhan RG, Rutter MJ, Cotton RT, Lim LH, Cohen AP, Mason JL. Lymphatic malformations of the tongue base. J Pediatr Surg. 2006 Jul;41(7):1279-84.