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Summer Decker, Ph.D.
Director of Imaging Research, Dept. of Radiology, Morsani College of Medicine


Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

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Email: sdecker@health.usf.edu
Phone: (813) 259-8782
Office: STC, 7033
Mailing address 2 Tampa General Circle STC 7033
Tampa, FL 33606
  • PhD, Medicine, University Of South Florida, Tampa, United States - 2010.
  • MS, Medical Science (Pathology), USF College of Medicine, USA - 2008.
  • MA, Bioethics and Medical Humanities, USF College of Medicine, USA - 2007.
  • MA, Physical (Forensic) Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA - 2004.
  • BA, Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA - 2001.
  • BA, Spanish, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA - 2001.
    Research Summary

    Three-dimensional (3D) medical imaging and anatomical modeling, biomedical engineering, rapid prototyping, 3D geometric morphometric analysis, experimental radiology, medical device development. Applied virtual anatomy/anthropology, forensic radiology/imaging, Virtopsy (virtual autopsy), surgical simulation and training, craniofacial identification, Forensic Anthropology and Pathology, Medical and Research Ethics and Law.


    Lab Link:  www.health.usf.edu/medicine/radiology

    Selected Publications
  • Shetty AS, Grajo JR, Decker SJ, Heitkamp DE, DeStigter KK, Mezwa DG, Deitte L. ABR Core examination preparation: results of a survey of fourth-year radiology residents who took the 2013 examination. Academic radiology. 22(1) : 121-9, 2015.
  • Decker, S. Ford, J. Ching, J. Patient-specific jaw splint for edentulous and partially edentulous patients presenting with jaw fractures International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery. 9: S258-259, 2014.
  • Davy-Jow, S. Decker, S. Virtual Anthropology and Virtopsy in Human Identification. Book Chapter in "Advances in Forensic Human Identification 2nd edition". : 263-281, 2014.
  • Decker S, Ford J, Davy-Jow S, Faraut P, Neville W, Hilbelink D. Who is this person? A comparison study of current three-dimensional facial approximation methods. Forensic science international. 229(1-3) : 161.e1-8, 2013.
  • McCullough MC, Decker S, Ford J, Downes K, Hilbelink D, Ordorica R, Hoyte L, Hart S. Third sacral foramina morphometry for sacral neuromodulation. Female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery. 19(1) : 23-30, 2013.
  • McCullough M, Ford J, Decker S, Downes K, Hilbelink D, Hoyte L, Hart S, Ordorica R. S2, S3, and S4 foramina position overlap pertinent to sacral neuro stimulation. Journal of Urology. 189(4) : e429, 2013.
  • Carmichael O, Xie J, Fletcher E, Singh B, DeCarli C ADNI Investigators. Localized hippocampus measures are associated with Alzheimer pathology and cognition independent of total hippocampal volume. Neurobiology of aging. 33(6) : 1124.e31-41, 2012.
  • Schott JM ADNI Investigators. Using CSF biomarkers to replicate genetic associations in Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiology of aging. 33(7) : 1486.e9-15, 2012.
  • Komar DA, Davy-Jow S, Decker SJ. The use of a 3-D laser scanner to document ephemeral evidence at crime scenes and postmortem examinations. Journal of forensic sciences. 57(1) : 188-91, 2012.
  • Davy-Jow SL, Decker SJ, Ford JM. A simple method of nose tip shape validation for facial approximation. Forensic science international. 214(1-3) : 208.e1-3, 2012.
  • Davy-Jow, SL. Decker, SJ. Schofield, D. Virtual Forensic Anthropology: Applications of Advanced Computer Graphics Technology to the Identification of Human Remains. Book Chapter in "Handbook of Research on Practices and Outcomes in Virtual Worlds and Environment". : 217-235, 2011.
  • Decker SJ, Davy-Jow SL, Ford JM, Hilbelink DR. Virtual determination of sex: metric and nonmetric traits of the adult pelvis from 3D computed tomography models. Journal of forensic sciences. 56(5) : 1107-14, 2011.

  • Positions Held

  • Association of University Radiologists (Member, 2013 - Present)
  • International Society for Forensic Radiology and Imaging (Member, 2013 - Present)
  • Radiological Society of North America (Member, 2008 - Present)
  • Sigma Xi: The Science Research Society (Associate Member, 2003 - Present)
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Member, 2000 - Present)

  • Awards/Honors
  • 2014 Dean's Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence (USF Morsani College of Medicine - 2014)

  • Lectures
  • "From the Outside Looking In: Transitions in Medical Research" University of Tampa. FL, United States - 2014.
  • "Virtual Technologies and Forensic Medicine" Steinbrenner High School. FL, United States - 2012.
  • "Distinguished Lecture Series: The Human in 3D: Advances in Morphometric Analyses" Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University. PA, United States - 2011.
  • "Behind CSI: The REAL Forensic Sciences" Lake Gibson High School. FL, United States - 2011.
  • "Behind CSI: The REAL Forensic Sciences" Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf. MN, United States - 2010.
  • "Virtual Anatomy in Clinical Medicine" LSU Medical School. LA, United States - 2009.
  • "Introduction to Craniometrics" Liverpool John Moores University. United Kingdom - 2009.

  • Profile last modified on 06/08/2015