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)
Dobbins, James T., and H. Page McAdams. “Chest tomosynthesis: technical principles and clinical update.” Eur J Radiol, vol. 72, no. 2, Nov. 2009, pp. 244–51. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.ejrad.2009.05.054. Full Text
Samei, Ehsan, et al. “Effective DQE (eDQE) and speed of digital radiographic systems: an experimental methodology.” Med Phys, vol. 36, no. 8, Aug. 2009, pp. 3806–17. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.3171690. Full Text
Li, Christina M., et al. “Methodology for generating a 3D computerized breast phantom from empirical data.” Med Phys, vol. 36, no. 7, July 2009, pp. 3122–31. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.3140588. Full Text
Ranger, N. T., et al. “Extension of DQE to include scatter, grid, magnification, and focal spot blur: A new experimental technique and metric.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol. 7258, June 2009. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.813779. Full Text
Dobbins, James T. “Tomosynthesis imaging: at a translational crossroads.” Med Phys, vol. 36, no. 6, June 2009, pp. 1956–67. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.3120285. Full Text
Godfrey, Devon J., et al. “Stochastic noise characteristics in matrix inversion tomosynthesis (MITS).” Med Phys, vol. 36, no. 5, May 2009, pp. 1521–32. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.3103399. Full Text
Samei, Ehsan, et al. “Detector or system? Extending the concept of detective quantum efficiency to characterize the performance of digital radiographic imaging systems.” Radiology, vol. 249, no. 3, Dec. 2008, pp. 926–37. Pubmed, doi:10.1148/radiol.2492071734. Full Text
James, T. Dobbins, et al. “Digital tomosynthesis of the chest for lung nodule detection: interim sensitivity results from an ongoing NIH-sponsored trial.” Med Phys, vol. 35, no. 6, June 2008, pp. 2554–57. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.2937277. Full Text
Chen, Ying, et al. “Impulse response and Modulation Transfer Function analysis for Shift-And-Add and Back Projection image reconstruction algorithms in Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT).” Int J Funct Inform Personal Med, vol. 1, no. 2, 2008, pp. 189–204. Pubmed, doi:10.1504/IJFIPM.2008.020187. Full Text
Dobbins, J. T., and J. M. Boone. “Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optics: Introduction.” Proceedings of Spie the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 3336, 1998.
Ergun, D. L., et al. “Dual-energy computed radiography: Improvements in processing.” Proceedings of Spie the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 2167, 1994, pp. 663–71. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.175102. Full Text