James Dobbins, Duke University's associate vice provost for Duke Kunshan programs, has been elected the next president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).
The AAPM has 9,000 members and is the world’s premier scientific and professional society in the academic field of medical physics, as well as one of the global leaders in the future of high-tech medicine.
Dobbins, who is a professor of radiology, biomedical engineering and physics at Duke University and director of the Office of Duke Kunshan Programs, will serve as president-elect next year. He will assume the presidency in 2021 and serve as chair of the AAPM board of directors in 2022.
He said his election presents “a tremendous opportunity to work on matters of global importance in medical physics” and highlights the leading role that the AAPM plays in these areas.
“I look forward to being part of the broad community of research scientists and clinical physicists that push forward the frontiers of medicine for the millions of patients worldwide who benefit from our work,” he added.
Dobbins became a fellow of the AAPM in 2009 and has served as chair of its education council since 2016, helping to shape national standards for graduate and residency education.
His area of expertise is advanced diagnostic imaging, with his research focusing on quantitative measures of image quality and new techniques relevant to cancer imaging. He has developed two techniques now used in hundreds of hospitals worldwide as well as a novel approach for producing cheaper CT for low- and middle-income countries.
Dobbins was appointed associate vice provost of Duke in 2015 and oversees the academic and programmatic aspects of Duke Kunshan's programs.