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Body Donor Program

Welcome to the Body Donor Program 

in the Division of Anatomy at the Ohio State University. 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.

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).

Thank you for your interest in our program.  Attached here is a brochure for your use. Please feel free to read through the information and contact us with questions.

How to Arrange the Donation of Your Body: 

If you decide to donate your body, please download the Anatomical Bequeathal and Cremation Authorization Forms to your computer then fill in ALL the blanks, save your electronic copy, print, then initial and sign the hardcopy. (The forms will be returned if not complete.) Please mail the completed original to the address at the top of the form. You may also choose to scan the completed and signed forms and email them to BodyDonor@osumc.edu Your information will be entered into our database. It is requested you keep us informed of any changes in your information. For a brochure, click paper size to download (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 and lawyer of your intent to donate.

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: At the Time of Death

          Frequently Asked Questions

          Student Memorials and Letters of Appreciation.

          Anatomy Memorial Service


For more information please contact:

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

Phone: 614-292-4831
Fax: 614-292-7659
Email: BodyDonor@osumc.edu ​​