Eligibility Criteria for Prospective Donors

Published January 27, 2022

We greatly appreciate your interest in UB's Anatomical Gift Program. To help you plan your next steps, and to determine whether you are a candidate for our program, carefully review the eligibility criteria below.

Eligibility Requirements

If capacity allows, and consistent with the standards of the American Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY), UB’s Anatomical Gift Program will accept donations from donors who:

  • are 18 years of age or older at the time of enrollment
  • have been enrolled in our program for at least one month at the time of death
  • reside in New York State and pass away in NYS within a 100-mile radius of the University at Buffalo

There are a number of conditions that make donors unsuitable for teaching and research, including, but not limited to, the exclusion criteria listed below.

Therefore, the Anatomical Gift Program cannot accept an anatomical gift if:

  • the individual was obese at the time of death
  • the individual had an infectious disease at the time of death (including COVID-19)
  • an autopsy was performed
  • any organs, excluding the eyes, were harvested for donation at the time of death

In order for UB's Anatomical Gift Program to accept a donation from an enrolled participant, program staff must be notified of the individual's death within 48 hours of the presumed time of death.


Based on the above criteria, UB's Anatomical Gift Program reserves the right to respectfully decline an anatomical gift donation at their discretion.