James T. Dobbins
Professor in Radiology
Professor in the Department of Physics (Secondary)
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.
Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants
X-ray A-48B Vortex study (last phase of VolumeRAD nodule detection study) awarded by GE Healthcare (2010 to 2013)
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)
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Wells, Jered R., and James T. Dobbins. “Estimation of the two-dimensional presampled modulation transfer function of digital radiography devices using one-dimensional test objects.” Med Phys, vol. 39, no. 10, Oct. 2012, pp. 6148–60. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.4752442. Full Text
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Hsu, Christina M. L., et al. “An analysis of the mechanical parameters used for finite element compression of a high-resolution 3D breast phantom.” Med Phys, vol. 38, no. 10, Oct. 2011, pp. 5756–70. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.3637500. Full Text
Samei, Ehsan, et al. “Effective dose efficiency: an application-specific metric of quality and dose for digital radiography.” Phys Med Biol, vol. 56, no. 16, Aug. 2011, pp. 5099–118. Pubmed, doi:10.1088/0031-9155/56/16/002. Full Text
Dobbins, J. T., and J. R. Wells. “Correlated-polarity noise reduction: Feasibility of a new statistical approach to reduce image noise.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol. 7961, May 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.879076. Full Text
Wells, J. R., et al. “Refinement of motion correction strategies for lower-cost CT for under-resourced regions of the world.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol. 7961, May 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.878697. Full Text
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Li, C. M., et al. “Computerized 3D breast phantom with enhanced High-Resolution detail.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol. 7258, 2009. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.813529. Full Text
Li, C. M., et al. “Three-dimensional computer generated breast phantom based on empirical data.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol. 6913, 2008. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.772185. Full Text
Chen, Y., et al. “Methodology of NEQ (f) analysis for optimization and comparison of digital breast tomosynthesis acquisition techniques and reconstruction algorithms.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol. 6510, no. PART 1, 2007. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.713737. Full Text
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Chen, Y., et al. “SU‐FF‐I‐21: Two‐Dimensional Shift‐And‐Add (SAA) Algorithm for Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Reconstruction.” Medical Physics, vol. 33, no. 6, 2006, p. 2001. Scopus, doi:10.1118/1.2240260. Full Text
Ranger, N. T., et al. “SU‐FF‐I‐48: Assessment of Detective Quantum Efficiency: Inter‐Comparison of IEC 62220‐1 with Representative Prior Methods.” Medical Physics, vol. 33, no. 6, 2006, p. 2007. Scopus, doi:10.1118/1.2240288. Full Text
Godfrey, D. J., et al. “Online Digital Tomosynthesis (DTS): A Novel Technique for Improving Target Localization in Radiation Therapy.” International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, vol. 63, Elsevier BV, 2005, pp. S556–S556. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.ijrobp.2005.07.937. Full Text
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