James T. Dobbins

James T. Dobbins

Professor in Radiology

Office Location: 
Flowers Bldg, Suite 214, Box 90036, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Flowers Bldg, Suite 214, Box 90036, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 
(919) 684-4859

Overview

James T. Dobbins III, PhD., FAAPM
Associate Vice Provost
Director, Office of Duke Kunshan University Programs
Professor of Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Physics
Chair, Education Council, American Association of Physicists in Medicine
Co-founder, Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Programs, Inc.

I serve in senior university administration as Associate Vice Provost for DKU Programs.  In this role I oversee the academic and programmatic efforts at Duke for the establishment of the graduate and undergraduate programs at Duke Kunshan University -- Duke's joint venture university in Kunshan, China.

My research career has focused on the application of physics to medicine.  I undertake projects that range from theoretical/mathematical projects, to invention of new imaging devices, to clinical trials and implementation of new imaging modalities.  Several research projects in my lab have resulted in commercial products that are now in use in hundreds of hospitals around the world.

I also have a passion for leadership and education.   I was the founding Director of the Medical Physics Graduate Program at Duke, which includes over 50 faculty and 50 MS and PhD students in diagnostic imaging physics, radiation oncology physics, nuclear medicine physics, and medical health physics.  I co-founded the Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Programs, Inc, which works to strengthen medical physics education worldwide.  And I currently serve as Chair of the Education Council for the American Association of Physics in Medicine, and through this work influence major educational directions for our field.

Whether in biomedical research, education, or university leadership, the goal of my career has been to enhance the common good in our globally connected community.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1985

  • M.S., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1983

  • B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1978

Selected Grants

Training in Medical Imaging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2003 to 2019

3D Digital Breast Phantoms For Multimodality Research awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2010 to 2014

Cross-disciplinary Training in Medical Physics awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2013

Tomosynthesis for Improved Pulmonary Nodule Detection awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2007

Dual-Energy Screening For Nodular Disease awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1998 to 2000

Dual Energy Screening For Nodular Disease awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1999

Dual-Energy Screening For Nodular Disease awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1996

Dual Energy Screening For Nodular Disease awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1995

Dual-Energy Screening For Modular Disease awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1995

Digital Chest Radiography With A Digital Beam Attenuator awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1987 to 1989

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

GE Healthcare VolumeRAD lung nodule detection study awarded by GE Healthcare (2009 to 2010)

Digital radiography research agreement with General Electric awarded by General Electric (2000 to 2006)

Chen, Y., et al. “Fourier-domain methods for optimization of tomosynthesis (NEQ).” Tomosynthesis Imaging, 2016, pp. 135–45.

Dobbins, J. T., et al. “Medical imaging safety in the developing world.” Radiology in Global Health: Strategies, Implementation, and Applications, vol. 9781461406044, 2014, pp. 41–60. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-0604-4_7. Full Text

Pawlicki, Todd, et al. “Proposed changes to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine governance..” J Appl Clin Med Phys, vol. 18, no. 4, July 2017, pp. 4–6. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/acm2.12124. Full Text

Dobbins, James T., et al. “Multi-Institutional Evaluation of Digital Tomosynthesis, Dual-Energy Radiography, and Conventional Chest Radiography for the Detection and Management of Pulmonary Nodules..” Radiology, vol. 282, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 236–50. Pubmed, doi:10.1148/radiol.2016150497. Full Text

Erickson, David W., et al. “Population of 224 realistic human subject-based computational breast phantoms..” Med Phys, vol. 43, no. 1, Jan. 2016. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.4937597. Full Text

Kiarashi, Nooshin, et al. “Development and application of a suite of 4-D virtual breast phantoms for optimization and evaluation of breast imaging systems..” Ieee Trans Med Imaging, vol. 33, no. 7, July 2014, pp. 1401–09. Pubmed, doi:10.1109/TMI.2014.2312733. Full Text

Dobbins, J. T., et al. “Dose reduction in CT with correlated-polarity noise reduction: Context-dependent spatial resolution and noise properties demonstrating two-fold dose reduction with minimal artifacts.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging  Proceedings of Spie, vol. 9033, Jan. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.2043685. Full Text

Wells, Jered R., and James T. Dobbins. “Frequency response and distortion properties of nonlinear image processing algorithms and the importance of imaging context..” Med Phys, vol. 40, no. 9, Sept. 2013. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.4817477. Full Text

Hsu, Christina M. L., et al. “Generation of a suite of 3D computer-generated breast phantoms from a limited set of human subject data..” Med Phys, vol. 40, no. 4, Apr. 2013. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.4794924. Full Text

Godfrey, Devon J., et al. “The effect of averaging adjacent planes for artifact reduction in matrix inversion tomosynthesis..” Med Phys, vol. 40, no. 2, Feb. 2013. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.4773891. Full Text

III, J. T. D., et al. “Dose reduction in CT with correlated-polarity noise reduction: Comparable image quality at half the dose with projection space processing.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging  Proceedings of Spie, vol. 8668, 2013. Scival, doi:10.1117/12.2008563. Full Text

Wells, J. R., and J. T. D. III. “Preliminary investigation of the frequency response and distortion properties of nonlinear image processing algorithms.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging  Proceedings of Spie, vol. 8668, 2013. Scival, doi:10.1117/12.2008549. Full Text

Pages

Boone, J. M., et al. “Multi-x-ray source array for stationary tomosynthesis or multi-cone angle cone beam CT.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging  Proceedings of Spie, vol. 10948, 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.2512959. Full Text

Segars, W. P., et al. “Population of 100 realistic, patient-based computerized breast phantoms for multi-modality imaging research.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging  Proceedings of Spie, vol. 9033, 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.2043868. Full Text

Wells, J., et al. “TH‐A‐103‐10: Improved Segmentation of Low‐Contrast Fibroglandular Structures in High‐Noise Breast CT Volumes for XCAT Modeling.” Medical Physics, vol. 40, no. 6, 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1118/1.4815727. Full Text

Kiarashi, N., et al. “Development of matched virtual and physical breast phantoms based on patient data.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging  Proceedings of Spie, vol. 8668, 2013. Scival, doi:10.1117/12.2008406. Full Text

Kiarashi, N., et al. “Development of a dynamic 4D anthropomorphic breast phantom for contrast-based breast imaging.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging  Proceedings of Spie, vol. 8313, 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.913332. Full Text

Dobbins, J. “TU‐A‐217A‐02: Radiographic Tomosynthesis: Reconstruction Algorithms.” Medical Physics, vol. 39, no. 6, 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1118/1.4735892. Full Text

Dobbins, J., and K. Chakrabarti. “WE‐E‐217BCD‐01: Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: Basic Principles and the QMP's Role.” Medical Physics, vol. 39, no. 6, 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1118/1.4736138. Full Text

Wells, J., and J. Dobbins. “TU‐A‐218‐01: Estimation of the 2‐D Presampled MTF of a Digital Flat Panel Detector Using an Edge Test Device.” Medical Physics, vol. 39, no. 6, 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1118/1.4735895. Full Text

Dobbins, J. T., et al. “Initial investigation into lower-cost CT for resource limited regions of the world.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging  Proceedings of Spie, vol. 7622, no. PART 2, 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.844293. Full Text

Schnell, E., and J. Dobbins. “WE‐E‐201C‐03: Plate‐Specific Gain Map Correction for the Improvement of DQE in Computed Radiography.” Medical Physics, vol. 37, no. 6, 2010, pp. 3439–40. Scopus, doi:10.1118/1.3469440. Full Text

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