Thank you for your interest regarding the Willed Body Program at the McGovern Medical School (UTHealth).
Should you choose to donate your body to us as a medical science body donation, it is important that your next of kin are informed and are in agreement with your wishes. Therefore, we suggest that they serve as witnesses when it is possible. We also suggest that you make copies of the donor form and distribute to those you wish to be informed, for instance your physician, minister, attorney and next of kin. Please return the donation form with ORIGINAL SIGNATURE to us. You may keep this cover letter for your files and future reference. After I receive the signed original forms, I will send the Emergency Donor Card. Please keep this card in your purse/wallet for identification purposes.
There are a few cases in which registered donors cannot be accepted for donation at the time of death. (See FAQ page for more information.) We would not accept a donor’s body for The Willed Body Program if the body has been severely injured in an accident, if a highly contagious disease such as hepatitis, jaundice, VD, TB or AIDS, was present at the time of death, if the body is morbidly obese or emaciated or if the body is too large for storage purposes. We will not accept a body that has had organs removed for transplant.
At the time of your death, the family should call our Anatomical Call Pager at: (713) 760-2649 for the body to be picked up and delivered to UTHealth. We can use the body for up to 2 or more years. There is no charge to the family or estate for embalming/transportation of the body from any point within a 100-mile radius of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. There is no charge to the family or the estate for the donation to the Medical School; there is no charge for the cremation. However, should you request return of the cremains to the family, there is a charge, as this is contrary to our normal method of scattering at sea. Should you move or change your mind regarding donation, the form will be made invalid upon notification from you.
Your desire to donate your body to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School is deeply appreciated. The gift of one’s body is an invaluable contribution to the education of future physicians and ultimately, the advancement of medical science.
Tamatha D. Dawson
Coordinator, Willed Body Program
Phone: (713) 500-5603
Room: MSB 7.046
Tamatha Dawson joined UTHealth in November of 2015 as Executive Assistant to the Chair of Neurobiology and Anatomy. Beginning in January, 2018, Ms. Dawson joined Willed Body as program coordinator.