Willed Body Program

Pictured: Willed Body mourners walk to the seaside, to watch grateful University of Hawaii medical students, in canoes, distribute the remains of body donors into the ocean.

JABSOM Willed Body Program Paused 0910 2020

The  Media Release Statement as of 9/10/2020: JABSOM Willed Body Program Paused 0910 2020

The University of Hawaii Willed Body Program


NEW AS OF 9/8/2020: As of Monday, September 14, 2020, end of business, the Willed Body Program will temporarily stop accepting body donations. Please see media release above. We urge donors and/or their loved ones to look for alternate arrangements at this time. Please contact us if a donor passes away during our closure so we can update our database.

New Donor Applications: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have reduced teaching programs at this time. Therefore, we are currently unable to accept/process new donor Anatomical Gift Donation forms after July 24, 2020. Any paperwork received after this date will be held in a secure file until we are able to begin accepting donors again.

The Importance of Body Donation
Anatomy is the study of the structure and function of the human body. It is one of the most important courses in the education of physicians, therapists and all other health care professions. The study of anatomy comes early in the medical curriculum and serves as the foundation for other courses. In addition, physicians in residency training and those in practice often pursue special courses in anatomy to enhance their skills and learn new techniques. Body donation plays a critical role in helping medical and health-related science students to master the complex anatomy of the human body and provides researchers with an essential tool for discoveries to help patients.

The Willed Body Program
The Body Donation Program at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), is committed to excellence in research and education. While the primary focus of the Willed Body Program is to obtain the human cadaver for educational and scientific study, we strive to administer our program in a way consistent with the spirit of the good physician. In our contact with donors registering with the Willed Body Program or with the families of the donor we provide service that is compassionate as well as competent. Anatomical donations are greatly appreciated. Each contributes directly to new understandings. The need is great, and each gift is valued and honored. Students and staff treat each donor with the utmost respect and dignity.

Each year, to show their appreciation to the donors and their families, medical students and staff participate in a Memorial Service to honor these “silent teachers”.

Contact Information:

University of Hawaii
Dept. of Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology Willed Body Program
651 Ilalo Street, BSB 110
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-692-1445
E-mail: wbdonor@hawaii.edu