James Dobbins, PhD

Professor in Radiology
Professor in the Department of Physics
Address: 2424 Erwin Road, Suite 302
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 684-7761
Email: james.dobbins@duke.edu

Research Interests

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.


Boone, J. M., et al. “Multi-x-ray source array for stationary tomosynthesis or multi-cone angle cone beam CT.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging  Proceedings of Spie, vol. 10948, 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.2512959.

Dobbins, J. T., et al. “Medical imaging safety in global health radiology.” Radiology in Global Health: Strategies, Implementation, and Applications, 2018, pp. 85–105. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-98485-8_9.

Pawlicki, Todd, et al. “Proposed changes to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine governance.J Appl Clin Med Phys, vol. 18, no. 4, July 2017, pp. 4–6. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/acm2.12124.

Dobbins, James T., et al. “Multi-Institutional Evaluation of Digital Tomosynthesis, Dual-Energy Radiography, and Conventional Chest Radiography for the Detection and Management of Pulmonary Nodules.Radiology, vol. 282, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 236–50. Pubmed, doi:10.1148/radiol.2016150497.

Chen, Y., et al. “Fourier-domain methods for optimization of tomosynthesis (NEQ).” Tomosynthesis Imaging, 2016, pp. 135–45.

Erickson, David W., et al. “Population of 224 realistic human subject-based computational breast phantoms.Med Phys, vol. 43, no. 1, Jan. 2016, p. 23. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.4937597.

Dobbins, J. T., et al. “Medical imaging safety in the developing world.” Radiology in Global Health: Strategies, Implementation, and Applications, vol. 9781461406044, 2014, pp. 41–60. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-0604-4_7.

Kiarashi, Nooshin, et al. “Development and application of a suite of 4-D virtual breast phantoms for optimization and evaluation of breast imaging systems.Ieee Trans Med Imaging, vol. 33, no. 7, July 2014, pp. 1401–09. Pubmed, doi:10.1109/TMI.2014.2312733.