Body Donor Program

The study of human anatomy is an essential component of medical education. Donating your body to science is a wonderful way to help provide advanced anatomy education to students entering the health professions — including medical students, physical and occupational therapy students, and physician assistant students.

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health depends on body donation to provide an outstanding learning environment for our students. Practicing physicians, physician assistants, and physical therapists, as well as residents-in-training, also rely on donated bodies to advance their anatomical knowledge and for training in specific clinical procedures. Donors are critical to our mission.


Contact the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Body Donor Program:


General Information or Donation Packet Request
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Regarding a Death of a Registered Donor
At any time of day including evenings, weekend, and holidays.

Donation Basics

Learn about the body donation process, from requesting a donation packet to receiving cremated remains after completion of educational study. Find answers to common questions.

Donation Process


The Body Donor Program is unable to accept donations in certain situations. Learn what makes a body ineligible for anatomical study and what services the program provides.

Donation Requirements

Why Donation Matters

Donating your body to science is an important decision. You should know that you or your loved one’s body is in good hands. At the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, there is a culture of reverence for donors among faculty, staff and students. Textbooks or even computers cannot take the place of gifted bodies. Donors have made a meaningful impact on our students, professors and alumni.

Learn more about why donations matter