Anatomical Donation Program

Donation Guidelines

The ultimate gift that men and women can give is a gift of some part of their body or their whole body after death for the prolongation of the lives of others, the education of medical students, physicians, dentist, other medical personnel, the advancement of medical research, and therapy (physical and occupational). There are laws that permit individuals (who are at least 18 years old and of sound mind) to donate their bodies for these purposes. When such a gift is intended, it is always advisable to inform relatives of one’s plans, gain their agreement, and give them the information that will help them to carry out the donation.


The family/donor must accept the fact that Meharry Medical College can not issue reports regarding the cause of death or any findings from our laboratory studies. If a family wishes to obtain such information, they should have an autopsy performed by a qualified pathologist.

The Donation Procedure:

If you are interested in more information regarding the donation program and the procedure for making a donation, or wish to report a death, please contact the Department of Professional and Medical Education. For those survivors or next-of-kin who wish to donate a loved one’s body, contact the Donation Office at the time of death. We will provide instructions and information regarding criteria for donation.


To make a donation, please print and complete our Anatomical Donation Form here. (NOTE: The form can be filled out on your computer and then printed) Fill out the entire form in the presence of two (2) witnesses. Be sure to include the current date, your birth date, and your social security number (optional). Mail one copy tho the Anatomical donation program of Meharry Medical College. The other copy should be given to a relative, friend, or physician with instructions.


By doing so, you may secure our brochure, entitled, “The Ultimate Gift.” After reading the brochure and making a decision, you may register with the program using the Uniform Donor Card attached to the brochure. Follow the directions found in the brochure and return the attached donor card to our office.

Please note that the Department of Professional and Medical Education will be unable to accept your remains if:

  • An autopsy has been performed
  • The donor remains are affected by a contagious disease
  • The donor remains exceed (190 lbs. for men; 175 lbs for women)
  • Any organs have been donated except the eyes
  • Surgery was performed six weeks prior to death or body damaged due to severe accident
  • The donor remains were embalmed – without prior approval of our program

Contact the Anatomical Donation Program

Anatomical Donation Program
Department of Professional
Medical Education
Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208-3599

Anatomical Donation Office:
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Frequently Asked Questions

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