Willed Body Program

A message for our Registered Donors

Update May 6, 2021

The Stanford School of Medicine Willed Body Program will begin a phased re-opening this summer. California has seen exceptional progress in the decrease of COVID-19 cases and record vaccination rates. This progress forward is encouraging, and will allow us to begin serving our community and our generous donors once again.

All registered donors are encouraged to keep their vaccination records and most recent COVID-19 test results on file, and available to their families as well as their caregivers. Our gratitude for your continued patience and understanding cannot be overstated. We are humbled by the support our community has shown for Stanford healthcare workers and students. Please check this website after June 15th, for our re-opening timeline.

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.