Willed Body Program

A message for our Registered Donors

In order to better serve our community, we will not be accepting donors into the Willed Body Program until further notice. This temporary hold is being placed in response to the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Taking this proactive approach will afford us with the best outcomes in the preservation of wellness and safety.

We are sincerely grateful for your willingness to serve in the educational mission of Stanford University, and hope you will stand with us as we lead the way in protecting our community’s health.

In the coming days the Willed Body Program will be working closely with the School of Medicine in order to monitor the situation. Updates will be posted as frequent reassessments are conducted.  We encourage you to check this website regularly for the most accurate and up-to date information, regarding the operation of our program services. 

For Families

We are here to support you in any way we can. Should your loved one pass away during the program hold, please proceed with the alternate arrangements that we encouraged during the registration process. Our staff are here to answer questions and address any concerns.

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.