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

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)

Dobbins, J. T., et al. “Threshold perception performance with computed and screen-film radiography: implications for chest radiography..” Radiology, vol. 183, no. 1, Apr. 1992, pp. 179–87. Pubmed, doi:10.1148/radiology.183.1.1549669. Full Text

Chotas, H. G., et al. “Single-exposure conventional and computed radiography image acquisition..” Invest Radiol, vol. 26, no. 5, May 1991, pp. 438–45. Pubmed, doi:10.1097/00004424-199105000-00011. Full Text

Chotas, H. G., et al. “Scatter fractions in AMBER imaging..” Radiology, vol. 177, no. 3, Dec. 1990, pp. 879–80. Pubmed, doi:10.1148/radiology.177.3.2244003. Full Text

Floyd, C. E., et al. “Quantitative radiographic imaging using a photostimulable phosphor system..” Med Phys, vol. 17, no. 3, May 1990, pp. 454–59. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.596569. Full Text

Dobbins, J. T., and A. O. Powell. “Variable compensation technique for digital radiography of the chest..” Radiology, vol. 173, no. 2, Nov. 1989, pp. 451–58. Pubmed, doi:10.1148/radiology.173.2.2798877. Full Text

Hasegawa, B. H., et al. “Geometrical properties of a digital beam attenuator system..” Med Phys, vol. 14, no. 3, May 1987, pp. 314–21. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.596086. Full Text

Hasegawa, B. H., et al. “Digital beam attenuator technique for compensated chest radiography..” Radiology, vol. 159, no. 2, May 1986, pp. 537–43. Pubmed, doi:10.1148/radiology.159.2.3961188. Full Text

Hasegawa, B. H., et al. “Chest radiography using patient-specific digitally-prepared compensating filters.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 555, Sept. 1985, pp. 262–65. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.949502. Full Text

Hasegawa, B. H., et al. “Design of a digital beam attenuator system for chest radiography.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 535, June 1985, pp. 332–39. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.947279. Full Text

Lee, C. S. R., et al. “Adaptive processing algorithms for intravenous digital subtraction coronary angiography.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 535, June 1985, pp. 369–77. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.947292. Full Text

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