Though rare, some problems may prevent Stanford from accepting your gift. This may include infectious diseases (such as HIV, Hepatits B or C), having undergone an autopsy or extensive trauma, or excessive weight that would prevent optimal use of the gift. In such cases, next of kin or loved ones will be notified.
Donors do not receive payment for their participation, nor are they charged for participating. Stanford incurs all costs for transportation of the donor to the Stanford campus, cremation and final disposition.
Stanford can only transport donors from within a 150-mile radius of the campus. If death occurs outside of a 150-mile radius of the campus, we are unable to accept the donation. In the case of a denied donation, families are responsible for coordinating an alternate arrangement.
Registering for the program indicates your intent to be a donor. However, it is not a legally binding contract. If you change your mind, simply notify us and we will remove you from our registration list.
Stanford will assist in the completion of the death certificate, but we do not provide donor families with a certified copy. Your loved ones can request a copy at the County Clerk's office in the county where death occured.
Yes, the policy change only affects donors who pass away after Jan 1, 2020.
*For families who’s love one passed prior to Jan 1, 2020: If you indicated at the time of death that you would like the remains returned, you will receive a phone call when they are ready for pickup in Palo Alto.
Anatomical gifts made to Stanford are primarily used in the education and training of current and future healthcare professions, which includes Medical Students, Medical Residents, Physicians and Surgeons. Willed Body Donors may also participate in research, the most common being advances in surgical techniques.