Body Donation Procedure
GA-PCOM Body Donor Program

Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (the College) is grateful for the exceptional legacy which our donors pass on to the next generation of physicians and their patients. Please review the following information regarding the donation process, and share it with family or those close to you when discussing your final wishes.


What Is the Process for Donating Your Body to Science?


1. Register as a donor.

After the anatomical coordinator approves your application, the donation will be registered with the GA-PCOM Body Donation Program. Pre-registration is preferable (30 days) but not required. We honor next of kin donations as provided in the Georgia Anatomical Gift Act. Please note that although a donation may be normally registered with the program, there are some circumstances in which the College may be unable to accept the body at the time of death, as further discussed below. Therefore, it is important to consider and discuss alternative arrangements with your family. 

2. Contact the body donor program at the time of death.

Immediately after the time of death, please contact the anatomical coordinator at 678-225-7477. At this time you can discuss any wishes about memorial/funeral services before the remains are removed.

3. The program will determine if remains are suitable for donation. 

The College reserves the right to decline a body not suitable for medical research and study. Suitability will be reassessed at the time of death prior to moving the remains to our location for embalming. The anatomical coordinator will speak to the facility where the remains are located to determine if remains are still suitable for donation. Some reasons why a donation may be declined include, but are not limited to:

  • colostomy
  • decomposition
  • decubitus ulcers
  • deformity
  • contagious or highly infectious diseases
  • edema
  • extreme emaciation
  • gangrene
  • jaundice
  • obesity
  • suicide
  • recent major surgery
  • removal of organs

The gift will also be declined when a close family member objects to or has great discomfort with the donation, or the body is located outside the state of Georgia. The College may also decline a donation if the body is located at a distance (exceeding 220 miles) which makes transportation to the College unfeasible.

4. Upon acceptance of the body, the remains will be transported.

Contact the anatomical coordinator prior to having a body transported to a funeral home, so he can make all arrangements for moving the remains and assuring compliance with College procedure.

5. After anatomical studies are completed, the remains are cremated at program's expense. 

After completion of all anatomical studies (which generally occurs approximately 1-2 years after donation), the remains are cremated at the College’s expense. At that time, the cremains are returned to the donor’s family, or may be interred/scattered by the College, in accordance with the wishes of the donor and his/her family, as required by the Anatomy Board of the State of Georgia. If final disposition of the cremains by the College is preferred, the College will bear the associated cost.

After cremation, the donor will be honored at a special memorial service held annually by College medical students and faculty. The College invites donors’ families to attend and participate in this memorial service.

body donorCONTACT US

Body Donation Program
Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
625 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone: 678-225-7477 | Fax: 770-682-2309


Jeffrey K. Seiple
Director of Anatomical Donor Services
Cell: 770-833-0701 | Email: jeffreyse@pcom.edu