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Decker ’95 Appointed as Founding Director of New USC Center
Dr. Summer Decker '95 at desk

The University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine appointed Bolles alum Dr. Summer Decker ’95 as the founding director of the new Center for Advanced Visualization Technologies in Medicine.

According to the February 6 announcement made by Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Dr. Carolyn C. Meltzer, Decker began her new position on February 15.  

Decker now serves as Professor of Clinical Radiology with dual roles in Surgery and Pathology. She is responsible for leading the new Center, including developing, leveraging and promoting advanced visualization applications to accelerate biomedical research, education and clinical care through applications such as patient-specific anatomical models for surgical planning, medical device design, 3D-printed anatomical models to elevate medical education and immersive simulators for training.

Decker joins USC from the University of South Florida (USF), where she served as the director of the 3D Clinical Applications Division in the Department of Radiology and Vice Chair for Research and Innovation. She held appointments as Professor in the Departments of Radiology, Pathology, Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine at Tampa General Hospital, and Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Medical Engineering in the USF College of Engineering.

Decker’s research focuses on the clinical applications of 3D modeling and printing, quantitative analysis of medical imaging, and forensic applications of medical imaging. She holds numerous patents on medical devices developed in her lab, and she is also a dedicated educator who has led radiology teaching for medical students and residents for over a decade. Decker received her doctorate from the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, specializing in Pathology and Medical Imaging. #BulldogProud