The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine has awarded its highest honor – the Daniel Drake Medal – to Robin Cotton, MD, a major figure in the diagnosis and treatment of airway abnormalities.

Cotton has been director of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s since 1973. He was instrumental in developing the Airway Management Unit, which has evolved into the Aerodigestive Sleep Center, which has become a premier center for managing children with complex airway disorders.  

Pediatric otolaryngology has become one of the busiest surgical subspecialties at Cincinnati Children’s, with nearly 33,000 outpatient visits and 11,143 procedures annually.

Cotton earned his medical degree in England from the University of Cambridge. He completed a head and neck fellowship at UC in 1972-73 and has practiced in Cincinnati ever since.

Cotton’s career is being recognized along with two other Drake Medal recipients -- Sheldon Greenfield, MD, executive co-director of the Health Policy Research Institute at the University of California, and Stephen Woods, PhD, researcher, professor emeritus and vice chair of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati.  

The award, established in 1985, is named after Daniel Drake, a pioneer physician who founded the Medical College of Ohio in 1819, which later became the UC College of Medicine.