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Endowed Lecture Honors Cottonís Commitment to Mentoring, Research, and Newborns.
June 5, 2015

Robert Cotton lecture

Robert B. CottonRobert B. Cotton Jr., M.D., devoted his career to improving the lives of others. This year, the Department of Pediatrics honored his memory with the first Robert B. Cotton Lecture. 

Cotton’s career in the Department of Pediatrics began in 1975 where he quickly rose to the challenge of serving as Chief of the Division of Neonatology from 1989 to 2003. His pioneering research on patent ductus arteriosus resulted in a drug therapy for the condition in lieu of surgery for many infants.  As a research mentor, he influenced generations of students, residents, fellows and faculty.

The first Robert B. Cotton Lecture was June 2, 2015 at Children’s Hospital. Ronald Clyman, M.D., professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco presented “Patent Ductus Arteriosus: the current treatment conundrum” in recognition of Cotton’s longtime research focus. 

Robert B. Cotton left the Department of Pediatrics in 2014. He died Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. He was 74.

Cotton recalled as devoted teacher, mentor, scientist

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