Willed Body Program


COVID Update

As an important member of the community that our program supports, we want to make sure you are aware of COVID-19 related changes to the UCSF Willed Body Program and UC Davis Body Donation Program. 

At this time, the University of California is not accepting donations of decedents who have tested positive for COVID-19, nor those under investigation for having the virus, including those that have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 28 days.

The pandemic has significantly impacted our program, resulting in a reduction of requests for donors by the education and research communities that we support. Our program is now operating with reduced capacity and staffing, and at this time we are able to accept a limited number of donations.  We are currently only accepting pre-registered donors in the counties found on the list below.  We are still accepting registration forms for future donations from people in all counties, but we strongly recommend that alternate plans be considered in the event that these restrictions remain in place for longer than we anticipate.  We are implementing this change through June 30, 2021, and will re-evaluate at that time.

In order to process donation registration forms, we require a minimum of 5 business days and must keep a strict policy to receive donors within 48 hours of their deaths. We expect that this is a temporary limitation of our typical operations and that the registration requirements will evolve over time as the needs of our education and research institutions change.  As a result of these changes, for non-registered donors, we are recommending that you identify an alternate plan for funeral arrangements.  

In the event that a donor family needs to make alternative arrangements, the Funeral Consumers Alliance of California, a non-profit advocacy group, provides resources for people navigating funeral planning.  For more information on the organization or to find contact information for your local area, their website is https://www.fca-calif.org. 

These decisions have been difficult to make and we understand their impact on our donors and their families. We appreciate that many of our registrants plan for the donation of their bodies years in advance of their deaths, while others may have more urgent needs. We will keep our websites updated with current information as restrictions are lifted and new information becomes available.  If you have questions in the meantime, a member of our team can be reached at 415-476-1981 or willedbodyprogram@ucsf.edu

Thank you for your understanding, support and patience during this time.Our program locations in northern California (UCD & UCSF) will accept pre-registered donors from the following counties (As of 8/19/20). 

Accepting Pre-Registered Donors From the Following Counties:

Contra Costa
El Dorado

San Francisco
San Joaquin
San Mateo
Santa Clara
Santa Cruz


About the Willed Body Program

The Willed Body Program is one of many UCSF programs that is committed to excellence in research and education. The program accepts human body donations for anatomical studies essential to teaching and research at UCSF and its associates.  

These donations are integral to a wide range of educational, research, and clinical pursuits, including anatomy instruction and neurological, anatomical, and physiological research. The University relies on the support and generosity of the community for help in fulfilling its academic, research, and health care mission.

When considering donating your body to medical education and research, know that the need is great and that your gift will be valued and honored. Your donation will play a critical role in assisting medical students to master the complex anatomy of the human body and will provide researchers with the essential tools to help our future patients. The University recognizes the value and importance of these donations and is committed to ensuring they are treated with the utmost care and respect.