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Dr. Robin Cotton receives Jacobson Innovation Award



Robin T. Cotton, MD, FACS,FRCSC, Cincinnati, OH, received the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2014 Jacobson Innovation Award at a dinner held in his honor June 6 in Chicago, IL. Dr. Cotton is the director of the Aerodigestive Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and professor, department of pediatrics, at the University of Cincinnati’s department of otolaryngology. The prestigious Jacobson Innovation Award, made possible through a gift from Julius H. Jacobson II, MD, FACS, and his wife Joan, honors living surgeons who have been innovators of new surgical developments or techniques. Dr. Jacobson is a general vascular surgeon known for his pion-eering work in the development of microsurgery.


2014 Jacobson Award recipient Dr. Cotton ((left) with President Carlos Pellegrini, MD, F, FRCSI(Hon) at the Jacobson Award dinner.

The 2014 award honors Dr. Cotton’s seminal work in the care and reconstruction of the stenotic pediatric airway. His efforts have led to reconstruction of the larynx and trachea in children with laryngotracheal stenosis, allowing them to live and breathe normally. Dr. Cotton built the world’s first center for the diagnosis and treatment of airway abnormalities. In addition, he developed the anterior cricoid split procedure, a technique to avoid tracheotomy in neonates with acquired subglottic stenosis, and the supraglottoplasty, which he popularized in the U.S.

Dr. Cotton is considered one of the premier pediatric otolaryngologists in the world. View the ACS press release announcing the award at

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