News & Events

Doctorate of Medical Physics (DMP) Survey Results

(2009-08-20) Check out the results from the National Opinion Survey on Doctorate of Medical Physics Degree Program, a major national effort which was initiated by our students. The survey contacted over 1100 students, residents, faculty, and directors, and received an unprecedented 52% response rate! You can view the final report in a Powerpoint format along with verbatim comments at the above website. Integral players included program director Jim Dobbins and director of graduate studies Ehsan Samei, who are also co-chairs of the Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Programs (SDAMPP), and members of our Student Advisory Board: Vorakarn Chanyavanich, Ashley Manzoor, Latoya Crayton, Irina Vergalasova, Lauren Courlas, Adam Brooks, and Paco Robles. In an email to program members, Dr Samei said, "I am particularly proud of the fact that the survey was initiated by our students at Duke. Here is an example of how something that was started here has reached national prominence and exposure."

Commencement 2009 and Awards


Congratulations and good luck to our fourth MS class which graduated today. As noted in the previous news entry, Lei Ren also became our first ever PhD graduate. The full list of graduates is shown in the table below.

Name Degree Advisor Thesis/Scholarship Title
Maryann Ozidu Abogunde MS T.Yoshizumi Thesis: Small Animal Dosimetry in Cesium-137 and Orthovoltage X-ray Irradiators
William Edwin Brown MS M.Oldham Thesis: Verification of Advanced Gating Techniques using novel 4D Dosimeter
Corey Gray Clift MS M.Oldham Thesis: Application of a novel 3D Dosimetry Technique to the Investigation of Small Photon Fields
Adam I Cohen MS T.Turkington Thesis: Data Driven Respiratory Gating in 2D PET
Latoya Geneen Crayton MS J.Wu Thesis: Analysis of patient motion in head and neck image-guided radiation therapy
Ryan Miller Davis MS M.Dewhirst Thesis: Simultaneous Monitoring of Temperature Sensitive Liposome Content Release and Tumor Temperature with MRI.
William Michael Giles MS J.Bowsher Thesis: Timing and Communications for a Synchronous Dual X-Ray System
D'Vone Jackson MS M.Tornai Project: Fully 3D Breast Dosimetry Using a Dedicated Breast CT System
Sherry Allison Leeper MS S.Yoo Thesis: Evaluation of In-Room Cone-beam CT Imaging Techniques Compared to CT for Dose Calculation
Brandon Cole Mader MS M.Oldham Thesis: Advantages of Patient-based margin definition for dosimetry in the presence of cervical motion
Jessica Lee Nute MS T.Turkington Thesis: Reliability of measurements of change in PET SUV
Jason Paisley MS T.Yoshizumi Thesis: Comparative Study of Interal Dose Asessment between Whole Body Counter and Gamma camera
Christopher John Veale MS Zh.Wang Thesis: Amplitude gated Breath-Hold Treatment for Heart Dose Reduction in Left Breast Cancer Patients: Residual Motion and Breath-Hold Threshold
Nagabindu Vulli MS S.Das Thesis: Effect of fluence map smoothness on the deliverability of Head-Neck tumors designed on Eclipse
Tian Zhang MS Zh.Wang Thesis: Comparison of ITV-based and Amplitude-gated Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) for Lung Cancers
Lei Ren PhD F.-F.Yin "Dissertation: DTS for image guided radiation therapy"

In addition, congratulations also go to the following award recipients for this year. Awards are given out during the program's private ceremony during commencement weekend.

Director’s Award for Exemplary Service Terry Yoshizumi, Mark Oldham, Haijun Song, Sherry Leeper, Vorakarn Chanyavanich, Ross McGurk, Francisco Robles 
Excellence in Research Award for MS Student Maryann Abogunde 
Excellence in Research Award for PhD Student Xiang Li 
Excellence in Teaching Award (based on students’ vote) Shiva Das 
Excellence in Teaching Assistantship Award (nominated by students) Jennifer Seger 
Excellence in Mentorship Award (nominated by students) Mark Dewhirst, Terry Yoshizumi 
Excellence in Academic Performance Award (all first year students, based on GPA) Hao Li 
Excellence in Academic Performance Award (all second year students based on GPA) Francisco Robles 
Carey E. Floyd Jr. Graduate Fellowship: ($1,000 stipend supplement) Vorakarn Chanyavanich

Tomo Symposium at Duke

(2009-05-02) Joseph Lo and Jim Dobbins chaired the Tomosynthesis Imaging Symposium at Duke University, the first conference of its kind dedicated to tomosynthesis imaging in multiple diagnostic and therapeutic modalities, showcasing the latest clinical and research trends in tomosynthesis imaging. We were pleased to have hosted over 80 registered attendees from 8 different countries. We enjoyed a wonderful atmosphere of collegiality and earnest, open exchange of ideas, not to mention some really fantastic food! (Photos: Joseph Lo)

Lei Ren becomes 1st Duke med phys PhD

(2009-04-28) Congratulations to Lei Ren, who successfully defended his PhD dissertation today to become our first ever PhD graduate. He was advised by Fang-Fang Yin who is also our program's associate director. Lei's dissertation was titled "Optimization Of Image Guided Radiation Therapy Using Limited Angle Projections." This picture was taken at his defense.


Sangroh Kim and Maryann Abogunde Receive Awards at NC Health Physics Society

(2009-03-13) Congratulations to program students Sangroh Kim and Maryann Abogunde, who received best student paper awards at the North Carolina Chapter of the Health Physics Society (NCHPS) meeting held in New Bern, NC. Their paper titles were:
A Monte Carlo dose estimation method using a voxelized phantom for pediatric CBCT (best student paper) Sangroh Kim, Greta Toncheva, Donald Frush, Fang-Fang Yin, and Terry Yoshizumi, NC Chapter HPS meeting, 3/12-13/2009
Dose Comparison between AAPM TG-61 protocol and MOSFET-based Phantom Dosimetry(best student paper) Maryann O. Abogunde. Greta Toncheva, Colin Anderson-Evans, Sua Yoo, Oana Cracuinescu, Bevery Steffy, Mark Dewhirst, Terry T. Yoshizumi , NC Chapter HPS meeting, 3/12-13/2009