Dr. Decker received her undergraduate degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her medical degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed a pathology residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and a forensic pathology fellowship at the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.

Dr. Decker is board certified in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology. She is a member of multiple professional organizations, including NAME (National Associated of Medical Examiners). Her research interests have included the utility of CT (Computed Tomography) scans in a postmortem setting. She is the Director of the Forensic Pathology Fellowship Training Program.

Areas of Specialty

  • Forensic Pathology
  • Postmortem imaging
  • Fellow and resident education


Forensic Pathology Fellowship (2016-2017)
New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator, Albuquerque, NM

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (2012-2016)
University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque, NM

Medical School:
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (May 2012)

Board Certifications:
Am Bd Pathology (Sub: Forensic): (Sep 2017)
Am Bd Pathology (Sub: Anatomical): (Aug 2016)

Forensic Pathology

Undergrad: University of Illinois

Med School: MD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Key Publications

  1. Decker L, Routh JK, Hanson JA. Selective Staining of Gastric Biopsies for H. Pylori Does Not Affect Detection Rates or Turnaround Time and Improves Cost Compared with Reflexive Staining. Modern Pathology. February 2015; 28(S2):157A.
  2. Decker LA, Crawford MA, Lorenzo G, Stippler M, Konstantinov K, SantaCruz KS. Pediatric IgG4-Related Hypophysitis: Case Report and Literature Review. Cureus. Dec 2016; 8(12): e907.
  3. Decker LA, Hatch GM, Lathrop SL, Nolte KB. The Role of Postmortem Computed Tomography in the Evaluation of Strangulation Deaths. Journal of Forensic Sciences. September 2018; 63(5):1401-1405.