Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Dekker graduated with distinction from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, with a B.S. in Biochemistry. In college, he started at Tight End for four years for the Fighting Falcons helping lead them to two bowl games throughout the course of his collegiate career. After college, he attended Georgetown University School of Medicine where he discovered his passion for orthopaedics.
Dr. Dekker completed his residency at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he was selected for the Feagin Leadership Development Program as he was identified as an emerging leader. While at the Duke University, he played an integral role in resident recruitment, development and education while also becoming a resident representative for the department of orthopedics for the hospital. He provided physician coverage for the varsity Hillside football team, the NCCU Eagles (football and basketball), as well as providing coverage for the Duke wrestling, basketball, lacrosse and football teams. His research interests while in residency included cartilage repair and replacement, proximal biceps pathology, sports foot and ankle, and anterior cruciate ligament injuries, which were presented at both regional and national level meetings.
Dr. Dekker's interests outside of medicine include golfing, fly fishing, downhill skiing, mountain biking, and hiking. He, his wife Katy, their daughter Ruth, and their two labs (Moose and Honey), are very excited to move to Vail for the world class training and mentorship as well as the countless outdoor opportunities that Colorado has to offer.