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)
Nasab, N. M., et al. “Biplane correlation imaging for lung nodule detection: Initial human subject results.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol. 6144 I, June 2006. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.652582. Full Text
Dobbins, James T., et al. “Intercomparison of methods for image quality characterization. II. Noise power spectrum.” Med Phys, vol. 33, no. 5, May 2006, pp. 1466–75. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.2188819. Full Text
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Godfrey, Devon J., et al. “Optimization of the matrix inversion tomosynthesis (MITS) impulse response and modulation transfer function characteristics for chest imaging.” Med Phys, vol. 33, no. 3, Mar. 2006, pp. 655–67. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.2170398. Full Text
Bissonnette, M., et al. “Digital breast tomosynthesis using an amorphous selenium flat panel detector.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol. 5745, no. I, Aug. 2005, pp. 529–40. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.601622. Full Text
Chen, Y., et al. “Impulse response analysis for several digital tomosynthesis mammography reconstruction algorithms.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol. 5745, no. I, Aug. 2005, pp. 541–49. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.595684. Full Text
Baydush, A. H., et al. “Initial application of digital tomosynthesis with on-board imaging in radiation oncology.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol. 5745, no. II, Aug. 2005, pp. 1300–05. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.596245. Full Text
Ranger, Nicole T., et al. “Measurement of the detective quantum efficiency in digital detectors consistent with the IEC 62220-1 standard: Practical considerations regarding the choice of filter material.” Med Phys, vol. 32, no. 7Part1, July 2005, pp. 2305–11. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.1929187. Full Text
Samei, Ehsan, et al. “Comparative scatter and dose performance of slot-scan and full-field digital chest radiography systems.” Radiology, vol. 235, no. 3, June 2005, pp. 940–49. Pubmed, doi:10.1148/radiol.2353040516. Full Text
Godfrey, D., et al. “MO‐D‐I‐6B‐04: Matrix Inversion Tomosynthesis (MITS) Imaging of the Chest.” Medical Physics, vol. 32, no. 6, Jan. 2005, p. 2058. Scopus, doi:10.1118/1.1999682. Full Text