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Anatomical Donor Program

Anatomical Donor Program

The Gift That Changes Lives

The precious gift of body donation allows Logan University chiropractic students to study the science of the human body. It allows the students to learn and understand the complexities of the human body in a far better manner than books or computer programs can ever provide. Information can be requested from the Coordinator of Anatomical Donations by calling 636-230-1735 or emailing Tracy.Kisgen@logan.edu

What are the Missouri laws concerning the gift of body donation?

The gift of one’s body after death is governed by the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act of the state of Missouri, which became law in 1969. Sections 194.210 to 194.290 of the Missouri Revised Statutes are cited as the Act. It has provided uniformity with similar laws of other states.

How does one become a donor?

Any individual who is at least 18 years of age may become a gift body donor under the stated conditions. A donation of another’s body may be made after death by an attorney in fact under the durable power of attorney, by the next of kin or by a guardian.

Donor forms can be requested from the Coordinator of Anatomical Donations by calling 636-230-1735. The requester is sent two sets of forms. The forms must be completed and signed in the presence of a notary public. One form must be returned to Logan University in the provided self-addressed envelope and include the individual’s original signature and the original stamp/seal and signature of the notary. 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.

Are all bodies accepted?

Please contact the Coordinator for Anatomical Donations for a full and current list of restrictions.

What are the costs involved?

The only expense that the family or estate incurs when there is a gift body is the transportation by a funeral director or transporting company. It is suggested that an inquiry about the charges for transportation be made prior to authorizing delivery. Logan does not assume expenses.

Can there be a funeral service if my body is donated to Logan?

Following death, the body needs to be transported to Logan as soon as possible for proper preparation. Families are encouraged to have a memorial service, depending upon their own faith and beliefs, shortly after the death without the body present.

Can my family have the cremains returned for burial? What happens to the cremains that are not returned to the family?

Where a gift of body donation form filled out, notarized and signed, indicates that the donor elects that their body should be returned to the family, these requests must be made in writing within 90 days of the donor’s death to the Coordinator of Body Donations and Tour of the Body program. Thereafter, the cremains will be returned to the family member indicated by the donor upon completion of Logan University’s use of the body. Cremains not returned to the family are buried at Holy Cross in Ellisville, Mo.

What is the Memorial Service?

Each May, a memorial service is held on Logan’s campus. At the service, faculty, staff and students remember the lives of those individuals who donated their bodies as well as their families and friends.

How do I become a future donor?

Donor forms can be requested from the Coordinator for Anatomical Records by calling 636-230-1735 or emailing Tracy.Kisgen@logan.edu

Donor Form

Logan appreciates your consideration of making this selfless gift of body donation. These forms should be signed and notarized. One should be returned to us while the other copy should be kept with your personal papers. Logan University is grateful for donors like you, affording our medical students the opportunity to learn above and beyond what textbooks can provide. We treat everyone with the utmost respect and will honor your body until we are able to return your cremains to designated family.

Please contact Tracy Kisgen: 636-230-1735 or email tracy.kisgen@logan.edu.