Dr. Russell L. Deter, MD, graduated from the Baylor College of Medicine in 1963. After working in various areas of Obstetrics and Gynecology he soon settled into Obstetric sonography and in particular ultrasonic fetal biometry. Deter completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Louvain University in Belgium, and at Rockefeller University in New York. He has been a Faculty Fullbright Advisor since 1974, and is active both at Baylor and in several professional organizations. He soon became Director of Obstetrical Sonography, as well as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Cell Biology at Baylor.

Deter has been a fore-runner in ultrasonic fetal biometry. His work with Frank P. Hadlock (from the department of Radiology), Ron B. Harris (from the department of Biometry) and Ivar K. Rossavik and others in his department, were important contributions to this particular area, embodying both the theoretical and practical aspects of fetal measurements, dating, growth, weight estimations, mathematical modelling and population morphometrics. The many charts on fetal morphometric measurements from Baylor are used widely in the United States and all over the world. Deter is also heavily involved with the fetal-maternal, prenatal diagnostic and genetics programs in the department.

Russell Deter has received numerous citations and awards, including listing in Personalities of the South, National Register of Prominent Americans and International Notables, Outstanding Americans, and listing in several Who's Who directories. Deter has contributed to several medical texts, and is author and co-author of over 160 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts.

Deter also took up the distingushed position of General Editor of the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound (JCU) in 1982.

Some of Dr. Deter's representative publications:

Computer assisted analysis of fetal age in the third trimester using multiple fetal growth parameters. Hadlock FP, Deter RL, Harrist RB, Park SK. J Clin Ultrasound 1983 Aug 11:6 313-6

Sonographic estimation of fetal weight. The value of femur length in addition to head and abdomen measurements. Hadlock FP, Harrist RB, Carpenter RJ, Deter RL, Park SK. Radiology 1984 Feb 150:2 535-40

Mathematical modeling of fetal growth: II. Head cube (A), abdominal cube (B) and their ratio (A/B). Rossavik IK, Deter RL. J Clin Ultrasound 1984 Nov-Dec 12:9 535-45

Mathematical modeling of fetal growth: I. Basic principles. Rossavik IK, Deter RL. J Clin Ultrasound 1984 Nov-Dec 12:9 529-33

Longitudinal studies of fetal growth using volume parameters determined with ultrasound. Deter RL, Harrist RB, Hadlock FP, Cortissoz CM, Batten GW. J Clin Ultrasound 1984 Jul-Aug 12:6 313-24

Fetal thigh circumference: a critical evaluation of its relationship to menstrual age. Deter RL, Warda A, Rossavik IK, Duncan G, Hadlock FP. J Clin Ultrasound 1986 Feb 14:2 105-10

Development of individual growth curve standards for estimated fetal weight: I. Weight estimation procedure. Deter RL, Rossavik IK, Harrist RB. J Clin Ultrasound 1988 May 16:4 215-25

Development of individual growth standards for estimated fetal weight: II. Weight prediction during the third trimester and at birth. Deter RL, Rossavik IK, Carpenter RJ. J Clin Ultrasound 1989 Feb 17:2 83-8

Mathematical modeling of fetal growth. IV. Evaluation of trunk growth using the abdominal profile area. Rossavik IK, Deter RL, Hadlock FP. J Clin Ultrasound 1987 Jan 15:1 31-5 MEDLINE, full MEDLINE, related records

Growth standards for anatomic measurements and growth rates derived from longitudinal studies of normal fetal growth. Deter RL, Harrist RB. J Clin Ultrasound 1992 Jul-Aug 20:6 381-8

A comparison of fetal growth curves with mathematical modeling. Deter RL. J Ultrasound Med 1993 Nov 12:11 639-40

Modified neonatal growth assessment score: a multivariate approach to the detection of intrauterine growth retardation in the neonate. Deter RL, Nazar R, Milner LL. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 1995 Dec 6:6 400-10

A different way to model fetal growth. Deter RL. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 1996 Feb 7:2 157

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