Willed Body Program


The Willed Body Donor Program at Stanford University is making the following change to its policies and procedures.

Effective January 1, 2020:   Stanford’s Willed Body Donor Program will NO longer return cremains (ashes) for donors registered with our program.  Note: This change will impact all current and future registrants.  Please notify your loved ones, next of kin and caregiver(s) about this policy change.   Please see the FAQs below for additional information.

The Significance of Body Donation

The decision to donate your body to Stanford upon your death represents a priceless gift to the world of education and a tremendous opportunity for the students who will one day be among our society’s most talented and best trained doctors and scientists.

This is not just an opportunity to learn anatomy or to practice surgical skills, but provides a way to bestow the concepts of empathy and understanding to our students. 

Thank you for considering making such a donation.

Information for Donors

How The Program Works

Once you register to become a donor to the Willed Body Program, Stanford’s Division of Clinical Anatomy will keep your name and contact information on file. Upon your death, a caregiver or family member must contact us right away (within 12 hours of death). We will arrange for a funeral home to transport your body to Stanford Medical School, where it may be used to teach students about the structure of the human body, and for furthering medical and scientific knowledge.

Our faculty, students, and staff are very grateful for the kindness our donors have extended, and bodies are treated with the greatest respect while in our care.


Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or Email us at anatomy@stanford.edu or call us at 650-725-6624.

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This was an experience that will stay with me the rest of my life. I hope I can pay the donors back for their generosity by becoming the best physician I can be.
Anatomy teaches diligence, patience, respect and has instilled in me an even deeper sense of the remarkable nature of the human body.