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


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, 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, educational technologies, craniofacial identification, Forensic Anthropology and Pathology, Medical and Research Ethics and Law.


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

    Selected Publications
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Positions Held

  • Association of University Radiologists (Member, 2013 - Present)
  • International Society for Forensic Radiology and Imaging (Member, 2013 - Present)
  • Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (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 (Associate Member, 2000 - Present)

  • Lectures
  • "Virtual Technologies and Forensic Medicine" Steinbrenner High School. FL, United States - 2012.
  • "Behind CSI: The REAL Forensic Sciences" Lake Gibson High School. FL, United States - 2011.
  • "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" 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 12/17/2013