About the Willed Body Program


The UCSF Willed Body Program, one of five such programs with the University of California system, has evolved over many years. In 1947, UCSF faculty were instrumental in revising the California State Health & Safety Code. The revisions allowed for the direct gifting of human remains to medical education and scientific research, resulting in the establishment of the UCSF Willed Body Program. 

Since its inception the program has supported the anatomical material needs of UCSF’s medical and dental programs. In addition, today it supports the needs of UCSF pharmacy and physical therapy students as well as related courses in the California State and Community College systems and private universities throughout northern California. In recent years we have expanded the Willed Body Program’s support of research projects, surgical procedural training, allied health education, postgraduate medical education, and the development and testing of new medical devices. With the help of those who donate their bodies we are able to maintain our commitment to support UCSF’s standards of excellence in research and education, both within and outside of the University.