Becoming a Gift Body Donor

How to Become a Gift Body Donor

Donor forms can be requested from the Center for Anatomical Science and Education by telephoning 314-977-8027. 

The requester is sent two sets of forms with an instruction sheet. 
  • The forms must be completed, signed by the donor and notarized
  • The form marked "Return to Saint Louis University" must be returned to the Center for Anatomical Science and Education and include the individual's original signature and the original stamp/seal and signature of the notary. 
A wallet card with instructions will be sent to the donor. 

The second copy of the gift form should be kept with the individual's personal files. 

Following completion of the forms and informing the family of the desire there is nothing more to be done until death.


At the Time of Death

At the time of death the Center for Anatomical Science and Education should be contacted to verify the donation. 

The family gives the signed donation forms to a funeral home director or a transporting company official. 

They in turn deliver the unembalmed body with the proper papers to the Center for Anatomical Science and Education of Saint Louis University School of Medicine. 

The transportation to the medical school is the only expense paid by the family or the estate of the donor. 

It is suggested that inquiry concerning the charges be made prior to authorizing the transportation and delivery. 

The funeral director or transport company will take care of the necessary paperwork regarding the death certificate.


Center for Anatomical Science and Education
Department of Surgery
Room M 306
1402 South Grand Blvd
St. Louis, Missouri 63104
Phone: 314-977-8027
Fax Number: 314-977-5127
Email lacyeb@slu.edu