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Emeritus, UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

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About Me

Biography

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 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

Outcome measures for pediatric laryngotracheal reconstruction: International consensus statement. Balakrishnan, K; Sidell, DR; Bauman, NM; Bellia-Munzon, GF; Boesch, RP; Bromwich, M; Cofer, SA; Daines, C; de Alarcon, A; Garabedian, N; et al. The Laryngoscope. 2019; 129:244-255.

Diagnosis and management of laryngotracheal stenosis. Smith, MM; Cotton, RT. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine. 2018; 12:709-717.

75 - The Aerodigestive Model: Improving Health Care Value for Complex Patients Through Coordinated Care. Cotton, RT; Balakrishnan, K. Kendig's Disorders of the Respiratory Tract in Children. 2018.

Structure and Functions of Pediatric Aerodigestive Programs: A Consensus Statement. Boesch, RP; Balakrishnan, K; Acra, S; Benscoter, DT; Cofer, SA; Collaco, JM; Dahl, JP; Daines, CL; DeAlarcon, A; DeBoer, EM; et al. Pediatrics. 2018; 141:e20171701-e20171701.

Short- versus Long-term Stenting in Children with Subglottic Stenosis Undergoing Laryngotracheal Reconstruction. Smith, DF; de Alarcon, A; Jefferson, ND; Tabangin, ME; Rutter, MJ; Cotton, RT; Hart, CK. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2018; 158:375-380.

Short-versus Long-term Stenting in Children with Subglottic Stenosis Undergoing Laryngotracheal Reconstruction. Smith, DF; de Alarcon, A; Jefferson, ND; Tabangin, ME; Rutter, MJ; Cotton, RT; Hart, CK. (2018) SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD. 158:381-385.

Inverting suprastomal granulomas. Schweiger, C; Hart, CK; Cotton, RT; Rutter, MJ. The Laryngoscope. 2017; 127:2883-2885.

The Management of Cyanotic Spells in Children with Oesophageal Atresia. Bergeron, M; Cohen, AP; Cotton, RT. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2017; 5.

Laryngotracheal Cleft Repair in Children With Complex Airway Anomalies. de Alarcon, A; Osborn, AJ; Tabangin, ME; Cohen, AP; Hart, CK; Cotton, RT; Rutter, MJ. JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 2015; 141:828-833.