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New DI Track Director

Dean Darnell, Ph.D. (Radiology) has been appointed as the new Director of the Diagnostic Imaging Track in the Duke Medical Physics Graduate Program. This is a 3-year term.

Dr. Darnell received his Ph.D. in Physics from Baylor University in 2005 and a M.S. in Medical Physics from Duke University in 2015 after working as a designer at Apple Inc for eight years. After a post-doctoral position at the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC) here at Duke, he was appointed as a Medical Instructor and then as an Assistant Professor in the department of Radiology.

Dr. Darnell has contributed significantly to DMPGP by creating and instructing a mathematical method curriculum to teach fundamental physical principles. For his role and contributions, he was awarded the “Director’s Award for Exemplary Service” in 2018. Further, Dr. Darnell continues to mentor and advise multiple MS and PhD Medical Physics students in MRI technology development.

He strongly believes that the education of students is the singularly most important responsibility we are tasked with as educators at Duke University, which in turn enhances our faculty’s outstanding research that our beloved university is known throughout the world. As such, Dr Darnell’s overall vision for the Diagnostic Imaging track, and medical physics as a whole, is that all students will have access to a wide range of education resources to empower them to be academic leaders in the medical physics community, while also supporting faculty to grow their careers within the MP program.