The Importance of Body Donation

Anatomy, the study of the structure of the human body, is one of the most important courses in the education of physicians, dentists, nurses, physical therapists and other health professionals. In most of these fields, the study of anatomy comes first in the curriculum and serves as the foundation for other courses. Often after finishing their basic anatomy course, students take special or advanced anatomy studies. In addition, physicians in residency training and those in practice often pursue special courses in anatomy. At the rate at which medical science is advancing, it is increasingly necessary for physicians and other biomedical scientists to conduct special anatomical studies and research. Anatomical bequests are greatly appreciated as each contributes directly to new understandings. The support from the general public, medical, dental, legal and mortuary science professions is appreciated.

Does age, disease, weight, or surgeries make the donation unacceptable?

There is no upper age limit for whole body donation. Medical conditions that would prevent acceptance as a donor include: Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, hepatitis, HIV, and tuberculosis. Extensive trauma at the time of death or advanced decomposition would also make the remains unsuitable for anatomical study. Due to the nature of our preparation process, we are unable to accept donors weighing over 200 lbs and under 100 lbs. No recent unhealed surgeries or autopsy are suitable for our program. Upon passing, a complete medical screen will take place with a caregiver, hospice and or social worker. This screening usually occurs over the phone and takes about 10 minutes.


503-494-8302 (Office)
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Tamara Ostervoss
Body Donation Program

Adam Lane
Program Assistant
Body Donation Program

Chris Shelton
Program Assistant
Body Donation Program