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Body Donation Program

Welcome to the Anatomy Body Donation Program in the Division of Anatomy at the Ohio State University. An anatomical donation may be used for education or research for the advancement of medical science and health initiatives. Examples of how the gift might be used include medical education and training, forensic sciences (pathology, engineering, anthropology, taphonomy), vehicle safety or the development of protective equipment (sports, military, law enforcement). In some cases, such investigation may involve exposure to damaging forces (e.g., impacts, crashes, ballistic injuries, blasts).

Anatomical donations are regarded as unselfish gifts to medical education and research. Donors and their families can be assured their contribution is appreciated and treated with the utmost respect.

Thank you for your interest in our program.  Please feel free to read through the following information and contact us with questions.

How to Arrange the Donation of Your Body: Should you decide to donate your body, please complete and mail the Anatomical Bequeathal and Cremation Authorization Forms to the address provided. Your information will be entered into our database. It is requested you keep Anatomy informed of any changes in your information. PLEASE FILL IN THE FORMS COMPLETELY. They will be returned if not completed. For a brochure click here to down load (Legal size paper or Letter size paper).

It is strongly recommended that you discuss this decision with your family to better assist them with arrangements at the time of your death. Time is a factor and your next of kin must be in a position to act immediately following your death.

It is also wise to inform your physician, lawyer, and funeral director of your wishes.

At The Time Of Death: The Division of Anatomy should be contacted by the funeral home or health facility in order to obtained medical information, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 PM at (614-292-4831). Instructions are on the voice message regarding afterhours calls.

If the donation is approved, we will coordinate with the funeral home for delivery of the donor’s body. Transportation costs will be the responsibility of the family or estate.

Although each preregistered donor is normally accepted, restrictions may include:

  1. Contagious disease (HIV, Hepatitis, TB, any hospital acquired disease including MRSA and Clostridium difficile, etc.)
  2. Extreme emaciation, obesity, or body contractures
  3. Severe trauma or open wounds (including certain recent surgeries)
  4. Ascites, edema, or septicemia
  5. Organs or parts removed at time of death, except eyes
  6. Current education or research programs are not in need of donors

Memorial Service: In the spring of each year, students organize a memorial service to honor our donors from the previous year. Family members and friends of the donor are invited.




All of us are the final beneficiaries of the knowledge gained by students, physicians, and researchers. Anatomical gifts are central to the education of physicians, dentists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and other medical professionals of the future and thus to better patient care, as well as prevention and treatment of medical conditions.

Read Student Memorials and Letters of Appreciation.


For more information please read "Frequently Asked Questions" or contact:

Division of Anatomy
279 Hamilton Hall
1645 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1239

Phone: 614-292-4831
Fax: 614-292-7659