Professor Robin Thomas Cotton gave his Semon Lecture on the 5th of November 1992. He began his lecture looking at Sir Felix Semon and then also a little on the history of Cincinnati and the Children’s Hospital. Cotton then went on to explore laryngotracheal reconstructive procedures and used gastroesophageal reflux as a case study for looking at the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment and care.
Robin Cotton was born on the 13th of May 1941 in Manchester, England. After qualifying in England, he then moved to Canada and finally the United States. Here he had a renowned career and pioneered laryngotracheal reconstruction in paediatric stenotic airways, techniques that came to be used all over the world. He received a number of awards, including the Mosher Award from the Triological Society, and was President of American Society of Paediatric Otolaryngology.