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Key Historical Milestones

The Duke Medical Physics Graduate Program was established in 2005 as a unique program that represented all four areas of medical physics: diagnostic imaging, medical health physics, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy.

Majority Female Class


Female Medical Physics graduate students study together in Duke's CAMPEP accredited program

We recruited an entering class that was majority female for the first time, underscoring our program’s commitment to diversity in the physical sciences.

Pivoting During a Pandemic


Duke medical physics faculty wear masks while operating a research lab equipment

Mark Oldham PhD took the reins as Director together with Joseph Lo PhD as Associate Director. Within a few months, the pandemic set in. The entire program pivoted to continue to ensure excellence in teaching and research. Dean Darnell PhD joined the executive team as DGS in 2021.

Hands-on learning at Siemens Training Campus


Dr. Samei at the Siemens Training Campus

Samei became Director and Anuj Kapadia PhD became DGS. The program established collaborative relationships with multiple industry partners, which allowed students to receive hands-on learning at the Siemens Training Campus in nearby Cary NC, funded the Imalogix Fellowship, and provided state-of-the-art CT reconstruction workstations from Siemens and GE. They also began a process of reforming the curriculum to be more responsive to advances in our field.

Medical Physics Program Founded in China


Duke Kunshan University(DKU) Medical Physics Graduate Program MS Class of 2019

Medical physics program founded at the new Duke Kunshan University in China. Those MS students have the option to spend part of their time taking courses and performing research in the US program.

Clinical Imaging Physics Group


Dr. Samei looks at imaging equipment with Duke medical physics faculty

Samei launched the Clinical Imaging Physics Group followed in 2010 with the Duke Imaging Physics Residency Program. Together, these programs have provided professional opportunities for many program alumni and faculty.

CAMPEP Accreditation


A faculty member and student conduct research in the CAMPEP accredited Duke Medical Physics graduate program

CAMPEP accreditation recognizes our quality education program and provides an important step toward professional certification of students who pursue clinical careers.

First Cohort Graduates


Duke Medical Physics Class 2009

First group of 13 MS students graduates, followed by the first PhD graduate in 2009. Since then, we have over 270 alumni who have spread all over the world (interactive map).

Program Established


Duke medical physics graduate students walk on Duke campus

Program established with strong support from chairs Carl Ravin MD of radiology and Chris Willett MD of radiation oncology. The program was founded by Director Jim Dobbins PhD, Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) Ehsan Samei PhD, Associate Director Fang-Fang Yin PhD, and Administrative Manager Olga Baranova PhD.