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)
Chen, Y., et al. “A comparison between traditional shift-and-add (SAA) and point-by-point back projection (BP) - Relevance to morphology of microcalcifications for isocentric motion in Digital Breast tomosynthesis (DBT).” Proceedings of the 7th Ieee International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering, Bibe, Dec. 2007, pp. 563–69. Scopus, doi:10.1109/BIBE.2007.4375617. Full Text
Li, C. M., and J. T. Dobbins. “Methodology for determining dose reduction for chest tomosynthesis.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol. 6510, no. PART 2, Oct. 2007. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.713554. Full Text
Chen, Ying, et al. “Importance of point-by-point back projection correction for isocentric motion in digital breast tomosynthesis: relevance to morphology of structures such as microcalcifications.” Med Phys, vol. 34, no. 10, Oct. 2007, pp. 3885–92. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.2776256. Full Text
Ranger, Nicole T., et al. “Assessment of detective quantum efficiency: intercomparison of a recently introduced international standard with prior methods.” Radiology, vol. 243, no. 3, June 2007, pp. 785–95. Pubmed, doi:10.1148/radiol.2433060485. Full Text
Samei, Ehsan, et al. “Multiprojection correlation imaging for improved detection of pulmonary nodules.” Ajr Am J Roentgenol, vol. 188, no. 5, May 2007, pp. 1239–45. Pubmed, doi:10.2214/AJR.06.0843. Full Text
Ranger, N., et al. “TU‐EE‐A4‐06: Experimental Evaluation of Effective Detective Quantum Efficiency for Digital Radiographic Imaging Systems.” Medical Physics, vol. 34, no. 6, Jan. 2007, p. 2564. Scopus, doi:10.1118/1.2761409. Full Text
Chen, Y., et al. “Noise power spectrum analysis for several digital breast tomosynthesis reconstruction algorithms.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol. 6142 III, June 2006. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.652282. Full Text
Chen, Y., et al. “Gaussian frequency blending algorithm with Matrix Inversion Tomosynthesis (MITS) and Filtered Back Projection (FBP) for better digital breast tomosynthesis reconstruction.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol. 6142 I, June 2006. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.652264. Full Text
Li, C. M., and J. T. Dobbins. “Preliminary assessment of the temporal subtraction of tomosynthesis images for improved detection of pulmonary nodules.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol. 6142 III, June 2006. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.652492. Full Text