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Cotton-Fitton Endowed Lecture in Pediatric Otolaryngology

Funded by Robin T. Cotton, MD and Cynthia M. Fitton, this award was established to educate otolaryngologists about considerations and care of children with diseases or disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck. The inaugural lecture was given in 2003. This award is presented in odd-numbered years only.

2015 Honored Lecturer: Marci M. Lesperance, MD

Dr. Marci Lesperance grew up in Northville, Michigan and attended Detroit Country Day High School. As the oldest of four children of a nurse and an engineer, she was always drawn to science and to children. Through medical school at the University of Michigan, she had the opportunity to work with the renowned faculty in the otolaryngology department. Dr. Lesperance was attracted to otolaryngology by the opportunity to be an expert in the head and neck, which involves critical senses and functions such as hearing and breathing. Dr. Lesperance devotes her practice to pediatric otolaryngology for the privilege of interacting with children and their parents and to help the children overcome illnesses so that they can grow and achieve their best potential.

Dr. Lesperance received her M.D. at the University of Michigan Medical School (1988). She completed her residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Michigan Health System (1994) and a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at the Children's National Medical Center (1996).

Previous Honored Lecturers:
  • 2013: Joseph P. Kerschner, MD
  • 2011: Lauren D. Holinger, MD
  • 2009: Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH
  • 2007: Marshall E. Smith, MD
  • 2005: Patrick Froehlich, MD
  • 2003: Richard J. H. Smith, MD