News & Events

Turkington named new DGS

(2011-08-11) Program Director Jim Dobbins announced today that Timothy Turkington has been appointed to the position of director of graduate studies (DGS). Dr Turkington has served the program in many capacities since its inception, including nuclear medicine track director and member of the administrative council. In an email to faculty and students, Dr Dobbins said: "I am writing to let you know of a transition in a key leadership position within our graduate program. After two terms as DGS, Ehsan Samei is stepping down to focus on other leadership efforts within the medical center. Let me say how immensely grateful I am to Ehsan for the superb job he has done as the first DGS of our program. He set us on a path of excellence. He will still be active as a faculty member, but we will miss his involvement in the role of DGS. I am happy to announce that Tim Turkington has been appointed to serve as our new DGS. I am confident that Tim will continue the legacy of excellence in the role of DGS for our future generations of students."


NPR story on Duke CT dose monitoring

(2011-08-11) Following the story from just last week, we received more publicity for the CT dose monitoring work done by program faculty member Ehsan Samei PhD and alumnus Olav Christianson MS (now working with Dr. Samei in the Clinical Imaging Physics Group of Duke Radiology). For more information, see this story on the NPR website [ext. link].

Duke news at AAPM

(2011-08-05) Members of our program distinguished themselves recently at the AAPM annual meeting. Terry Yoshizumi was elected a Fellow of the AAPM. Mark Oldham was elected as an AAPM board member at-large and Ehsan Samei was elected as a first alternate for board member at-large.

In addition, recent graduate Olav Christianson presented a paper on patient-specific CT dose that was just 1 of only 2 presentations selected by the AAPM for a press release [ext. link]. This story was also picked up by Auntminnie, DotMed, and even NPR [ext. links]. Olav's work was based on over 6500 CT scans. The press release quotes Olav: "This system quantifies the risks encountered by individual patients. It is designed based on these very patient-specific factors to guide doctors in determining the most appropriate radiation dose patients should receive during a CT exam." Olav is now a medical physicist working in the Clinical Imaging Physics Group at Duke Radiology.

In other student/alumni/faculty news:

  • Irina Vergalasova won the AAPM John R. Cameron/John R. Cunningham Young Investigators Award - Third Place for paper entitled: "A Novel Technique for Markerless Self-Sorted 4D-CBCT"
  • Hao Li is the winner of the American College of Medical Physics Young Investigator Competition, Third place, for his paper entitled, "Dual-Energy Dual Cone-Beam CT for Image Guided Radiotherapy"
  • Larry Cumberbatch was awarded NIH training fellowship in 2011-2012.
  • Paco Robles is the recipient of Floyd Fellowship in 2011-2012.
  • Lei Ren, who was the first PhD graduating from the program, recently returned to Duke as an Assistant Professor in Radiation Physics.
  • Josh Wilson, 2011 graduate, is now a postdoc in RAI Labs and a resident in the Clinical Imaging Physics Group.

Health physics fellowships available

(2011-04-14) The Duke Health Physics Group has graduate fellowships for MS and PhD studies in health physics for 2011-2014.Applicants must be U.S. citizen or hold permanent residency status. Applicants must already be admitted to the Duke Medical Physics Graduate Program. For details, please contact Dr. Terry Yoshizumi,

Fulbright scholar Ioannis Argyridis in DC environmental service project

(2011-03-18) MS student Ioannis Argyridis was one of 140 Fulbright scholars from 60 countries who took part in environmental community service projects in Washington DC. Other photos may be seen at the Washington Post [ext. link]. (Photo/story by Evy Mages of the Washington Post.)