Body Donor Program

A Latin reminder of purpose, Mortui vivos docent (the deceased teach the living), is found etched in anatomy laboratories worldwide. Profound as they may be, these words vastly understate the value of and the need for human anatomical material to further education and research.

We are living in an age of accelerated medical learning and increasing knowledge. This knowledge compounds daily and ultimately improves the quality of life of all people. During these times when medical dreams are becoming reality, more anatomical material is needed to meet the demands of medical education and research.

The Body Donor Program administered by the University of Utah Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy is one of few programs in the Intermountain West dedicated to providing anatomical material for the ever-growing educational and research needs of medical science.

How Do I Donate? 

Formalize you or your loved one’s donation by completing and returning the Body Donor Forms (known as the “Certificate of Bequeathal”) (CLICK HERE)

Read our frequently asked questions (CLICK HERE)

Annual Memorial Service

An annual memorial service is held at the Celebration of Life Monument, 297 East 500 South, in Salt Lake City. The 2019 service will be held on August 24th, between 9 AM and 11 AM.


For questions about body donation please call, email, or write to:

Kerry Peterson
Body Donor Program
520 Wakara Way, SLC, Utah 84112

Phone: (8 am–4 pm): 801-581-6728
Phone: (after hours, weekends, & holidays): 801-581-2121


You can help the Body Donor Program by making a small financial donation. CLICK HERE TO DONATE MONEY