Body Donation Program

Gina Burg

The unique gift of body donation gives a person the opportunity to make a direct and important contribution to medical teaching and/or research.

Body donation allows medical students to closely examine, evaluate and understand the detailed structure of the human body. It also provides physicians and research scientists with the opportunity to gain knowledge which may prolong or improve someone’s life and impact the future of medicine.

Without this program, medical science and the health care field would suffer a devastating setback. However, the kind and thoughtful act of body donation can prevent that.

  • How to Donate

    The Body Donation Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is an important community service that allows an individual to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to medical science.

    Those interested in becoming a donor should call (513) 558-5612. Forms will be sent and should be completed and distributed as indicated.

    Upon return of one copy to the Body Donation Program, a letter of acknowledgement and a wallet-sized donor information card will be sent to the donor. This donor card should be carried by the donor at all times. A bequeathal may also be made by the next-of-kin after death by notifying the Body Donation Program to determine acceptability.

    Enrollment in the Body Donation Program is open to anyone 18 years or older.


    Body transportation is the only expense. See website for details.

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  • When Death Occurs

    Once a registered donor has passed away, the medical facility is responsible for notifying the University of Cincinnati Body Donation Program by calling (513) 558-5612. Gina Burg is the program director. See the website for additional information.

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  • Memorials

    The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine annually hosts a memorial service to pay homage to those individuals who have donated their bodies to insure the excellence of medical education and the advancement of medical science at the university. See the website for additional information.

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