Cotton-Fitton Endowed Lecture in Pediatric Otolaryngology

About the 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.

2021 Honorary Lecturer

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Ellen M. Friedman, MD

Ellen M. Friedman, MD, is the director for the Center for Professionalism in Medicine and a professor in the Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Friedman’s research interests include topics in pediatric otolaryngology as well as medical professionalism, education, and training. She has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, is on the editorial boards of numerous journals, and produced a video on clinical medicine for The New England Journal of Medicine.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Freidman served as the chief of service at the Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she also served as president of the Medical Staff from 2011 to 2012. In addition, Dr. Friedman was the first woman to serve as the president of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and served as president for the American Broncho-Esophagological Association.

Dr. Friedman received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and then competed an internship in surgery at Montefiore Medical Center. Thereafter, she completed an otolaryngology residency at Georgetown University School of Medicine and a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Previous Honorary Lecturers:

  • 2019: Rahul K. Shah, MD, MBA
  • 2017: Jennifer Shin, MD, SM
  • 2015: Marci M. Lesperance, MD
  • 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
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