James T. Dobbins

James T. Dobbins

Professor in Radiology

Professor in the Department of Physics (Secondary)

Office Location: 
2424 Erwin Road, Suite 302, Durham, NC 27705
Front Office Address: 
2424 Erwin Road, Suite 302, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 684-7761


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 - Madison 1985

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

  • B.S., University of North Carolina - 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., and J. M. Boone. “Erratum: (Medical Imaging 1998 - Physics of Medical Imaging (22-24 February 1998)).” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 3336, Dec. 1998.

Althof, R. J., et al. “A rapid and automatic image registration algorithm with subpixel accuracy.Ieee Trans Med Imaging, vol. 16, no. 3, June 1997, pp. 308–16. Pubmed, doi:10.1109/42.585765. Full Text

Hinshaw, D. A., and J. T. Dobbins. “Plate scatter correction for improved performance in dual-energy imaging.Med Phys, vol. 23, no. 6, June 1996, pp. 871–76. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.597855. Full Text

Hinshaw, D. A., and J. T. Dobbins. “Recent progress in noise reduction and scatter correction in dual-energy imaging.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 2432, Dec. 1995, pp. 134–42.

Dobbins, J. T., et al. “DQE(f) of four generations of computed radiography acquisition devices.Med Phys, vol. 22, no. 10, Oct. 1995, pp. 1581–93. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.597627. Full Text

Chotas, Harrell G., et al. “Dr Chotas and colleagues respond.” Radiology, vol. 189, no. 1, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Oct. 1993, pp. 290–290. Crossref, doi:10.1148/radiology.189.1.290-a. Full Text

Dobbins, J. T., et al. “Variable compensation chest radiography performed with a computed radiography system: design considerations and initial clinical experience.Radiology, vol. 187, no. 1, Apr. 1993, pp. 55–63. Pubmed, doi:10.1148/radiology.187.1.8451437. Full Text

Chotas, H. G., et al. “Digital chest radiography with photostimulable storage phosphors: signal-to-noise ratio as a function of kilovoltage with matched exposure risk.Radiology, vol. 186, no. 2, Feb. 1993, pp. 395–98. Pubmed, doi:10.1148/radiology.186.2.8421741. Full Text

Dobbins, J. T., et al. “Direct digitization of optical images using a photostimulable phosphor system.Med Phys, vol. 19, no. 4, July 1992, pp. 1071–80. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.596917. Full Text