Department of Radiology

Summer Decker I-5735-2012

Summer Decker, PhD

Assoc Professor, College of Medicine Pathology & Cell Biology

Assoc Professor, College of Medicine Plastic Surgery

Assoc Professor, College of Medicine Radiology

Assoc Professor, College of Medicine Surgery

Vice Chair for Research, Dept. of Radiology, Morsani College of Medicine

Director of 3D Clinical Applications, Dept. of Radiology, Morsani College of Medicine

Associate Program Director for Radiology Residency, Radiology, Medicine

Contact Info 2 Tampa General Circle
STC 6097
Tampa FL 33606

Academic Email:

Academic Phone:(813) 259-8782


  • PhD, Medicine, University of South Florida, 2010
  • MS, Medical Science (Pathology), USF College of Medicine, 2008
  • MA, Bioethics and Medical Humanities, USF College of Medicine, 2007
  • MA, Physical (Forensic) Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2004
  • BA, Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2001
  • BA, Spanish, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2001

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Biomedical Engineering & Nanomedicine

Research Interests

  • 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.


  • National Academy of Inventors (Member, 2016 - Present)
  • International Society for Forensic Radiology and Imaging (Member, 2013 - Present)
  • Association of University Radiologists (Member, 2013 - Present)
  • Radiological Society of North America (Member, 2008 - Present)
  • Sigma Xi: The Science Research Society (Full Member, 2003 - Present)
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Fellow, 2000 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • LeBedis CA, Rosenkrantz AB, Otero HJ, Decker SJ, Ward RJ. Contrast reaction training in US radiology residencies: a COARDRI study. Clinical imaging. 43: 140-143
  • 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
  • Decker SJ, Foley R, Hazelton JM, Ford JM. 3D analysis of computed tomography (CT)-derived lumbar spine models for the estimation of sex. International journal of legal medicine. 133(5) : 1497-1506, 2019.
  • Decker SJ, Ford JM. Forensic personal identification utilizing part-to-part comparison of CT-derived 3D lumbar models. Forensic science international. 294: 21-26, 2019.
  • Sparks CA, Decker SJ, Ford JM. Three-Dimensional Morphological Analysis of Sex, Age, and Symmetry of Proximal Femurs from Computed Tomography: Application to Total Hip Arthroplasty. Clinical anatomy (New York, N.Y.). , 2019.
  • Ford JM, Kumm TR, Decker SJ. An Analysis of Hounsfield Unit Values and Volumetrics from Computerized Tomography of the Proximal Femur for Sex and Age Estimation. Journal of forensic sciences. , 2019.
  • Decker SJ, Braileanu M, Dey C, Lenchik L, Pickup M, Powell J, Tucker M, Probyn L. Forensic Radiology: A Primer. Academic radiology. 26(6) : 820-830, 2019.
  • Jodeh DS, Kuykendall LV, Ford JM, Ruso S, Decker SJ, Rottgers SA. Adding Depth to Cephalometric Analysis: Comparing Two- and Three-Dimensional Angular Cephalometric Measurements. The Journal of craniofacial surgery. 30(5) : 1568-1571, 2019.
  • Jodeh DS, Curtis H, Cray JJ, Ford J, Decker S, Rottgers SA. Anthropometric Evaluation of Periorbital Region and Facial Projection Using Three-Dimensional Photogrammetry. The Journal of craniofacial surgery. 29(8) : 2017-2020, 2018.
  • Donohue D, Decker S, Ford J, Foley R, Dunbar K, Kumm T, Achors K, Mir H. Opportunistic CT Screening for Osteoporosis in Patients With Pelvic and Acetabular Trauma: Technique and Potential Clinical Impact. Journal of orthopaedic trauma. 32(8) : 408-413, 2018.
  • Bach K, Ford J, Foley R, Januszewski J, Murtagh R, Decker S, Uribe JS. Morphometric Analysis of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Height: An Imaging Study. World neurosurgery. , 2018.
  • Hodgdon T, Danrad R, Patel MJ, Smith SE, Richardson ML, Ballard DH, Ali S, Trace AP, DeBenedectis CM, Zygmont ME, Lenchik L, Decker SJ. Logistics of Three-dimensional Printing: Primer for Radiologists. Academic radiology. 25(1) : 40-51, 2018.
  • Ballard DH, Trace AP, Ali S, Hodgdon T, Zygmont ME, DeBenedectis CM, Smith SE, Richardson ML, Patel MJ, Decker SJ, Lenchik L. Clinical Applications of 3D Printing: Primer for Radiologists. Academic radiology. 25(1) : 52-65, 2018.
  • Guo S, Lai C, Wu C, Cen G. Conversion Discriminative Analysis on Mild Cognitive Impairment Using Multiple Cortical Features from MR Images. Frontiers in aging neuroscience. 9: 146, 2017.
  • M Aalders N Adolphi B Daly G Davis H De Boer S Decker et al. Research in Forensic Radiology and Imaging: identifying the most important issues. Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging.. : DOI: 10.1016/j.jofri.2017.01.004, 2017.
  • Luecke K, Trujillo C, Ford J, Decker S, Pelaez A, Hazelton TR, Rojas CA. Anastomotic Airway Complications After Lung Transplant: Clinical, Bronchoscopic and CT Correlation. Journal of thoracic imaging. 31(5) : W62-71, 2016.
  • Ford J, Decker S. Computed tomography slice thickness and its effects on three-dimensional reconstruction of anatomical structures. Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging. 4(4) : 43-46, 2016.
  • Decker SJ, Grajo JR, Hazelton TR, Hoang KN, McDonald JS, Otero HJ, Patel MJ, Prober AS, Retrouvey M, Rosenkrantz AB, Roth CG, Ward RJ. Research Challenges and Opportunities for Clinically Oriented Academic Radiology Departments. Academic radiology. 23(1) : 43-52, 2016.
  • Cox CS, Decker SJ, Rolfe M, Hazelton TR, Rojas CA. Middle Lobe Torsion after Unilateral Lung Transplant. Journal of radiology case reports. 10(5) : 15-21, 2016.
  • Shetty AS, Grajo JR, Decker S, 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Schott JM. Using CSF biomarkers to replicate genetic associations in Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiology of aging. 33(7) : 1486.e9-15, 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.
  • 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.
  • Carmichael O, Xie J, Fletcher E, Singh B, DeCarli C. Localized hippocampus measures are associated with Alzheimer pathology and cognition independent of total hippocampal volume. Neurobiology of aging. 33(6) : 1124.e31-41, 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.


  • Chair's Award for Excellence in Education (Dept of Radiology, USF Morsani College of Medicine - 2017)
  • Dean's Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence (USF Morsani College of Medicine - 2014)