Daniel Buckland

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Buckland is an Attending Physician at Duke University Hospital Emergency Department. He is also the Director of the Duke Acute Care Technology Lab (DACTL) where he leads research in developing technology for the diagnosis and treatment of acute disease in data science and robotics projects. Dr Buckland oversees several PhD, Masters, and Undergraduate engineer researchers as their primary advisor, as well as manages collaborative research projects between clinicians and engineering students. His work at DACTL also involves studying how advancements in technology affect the healthcare system. In addition, Dr. Buckland is the Deputy Chair of the Human System Risk Board of the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer via an Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreement with NASA, where he determines the human system risk of spaceflight and how standards, countermeasures, and mission design can mitigate risk.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 2301 Erwin Road, DUMC Box 3096, Durham, NC 27710
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-6553
  • Email Address: dan.buckland@duke.edu


  • M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011
  • M.D. Harvard Medical School, 2014

Courses Taught

  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 394: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Rigby Oca, S., A. Strong, J. Havas, D. M. Buckland, and L. J. Bridgeman. “Development and Testing of a Durable and Novel Breast Phantom for Robotic Autonomous Ultrasound Systems.” Journal of Medical Robotics Research 7, no. 4 (December 1, 2022). https://doi.org/10.1142/S2424905X22410100.
  • Lam, Sean Shao Wei, Hamed Zaribafzadeh, Boon Yew Ang, Wendy Webster, Daniel Buckland, Christopher Mantyh, and Hiang Khoon Tan. “Estimation of Surgery Durations Using Machine Learning Methods-A Cross-Country Multi-Site Collaborative Study.” Healthcare (Basel) 10, no. 7 (June 25, 2022). https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10071191.
  • Antonsen, Erik L., Jerry G. Myers, Lynn Boley, John Arellano, Eric Kerstman, Binaifer Kadwa, Daniel M. Buckland, and Mary Van Baalen. “Estimating medical risk in human spaceflight.” Npj Microgravity 8, no. 1 (March 31, 2022): 8. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41526-022-00193-9.
  • Oca, S. R., J. Havas, L. J. Bridgeman, and D. M. Buckland. “Durable Breast Phantom with Geometric and Mechanical Properties approximating Human Tissue for Ultrasound Image and Robotic System Testing.” In 2022 International Symposium on Medical Robotics, Ismr 2022, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISMR48347.2022.9807523.
  • Buckland, Daniel, Megan Parisi, Kaitlin Mctigue, Shu-Chieh Wu, Tina Panontin, Gordon Vos, Devan Petersen, and Alonso Vera. “NASA’s Identified Risks of Adverse Outcomes Due to Inadequate Human Systems Integration Architecture in Human Spaceflight.” In Human Centered Aerospace Systems and Sustainability Applications. AHFE International, 2022. https://doi.org/10.54941/ahfe1001427.