The Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences prefers not to accept your donated body if your next of kin objects. Therefore, a potential donor should discuss his or her plans thoroughly before returning the completed consent forms.
Because the program requires the intact body for its studies, bodies with organs donated or upon whom autopsies have been performed cannot be accepted. The program, however, encourages your consideration of a donation of your eyes because this will not interfere with our studies. We will be happy to include an eye donor brochure along with our consent forms if you request one.
You need to fill out the Declaration of Consent form. This form can be obtained by either calling the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at (716)829-2912, requesting one online from this web site (Go to online forms request). If you would rather you may choose to print a Declaration and Consent form yourself by going to (Print Declaration & Consent Form). The form which will requires your signature and the signature of two witnesses at least 18 years of age. Notarization will not be required.
Any inquiries regarding the donor program should be made to (716)829-2912 or by letter to the address indicated.
No. The laws of New York State and all other states specifically prohibit the giving of "anything of value" in return for a bequeathal or donation of organs or bodies. This means that no cash payment can be made to a donor or to survivors.
You certainly can change your mind, but this request must be made in writing. This letter need not be witnessed or notarized.
Most bodies are used to teach medical, dental and allied health students. Some are used for the continuing education program for physicians. Others are used in research programs conducted by the faculty of the State University of New York at Buffalo. A small number of bodies are shared with other teaching institutions within the state who have the need for anatomical material.
Some bodies may be used immediately and cremated within one or two months after delivery, but most are cremated within 18 months. A few may be held longer for study before cremation.
The remains of all bodies are cremated after our studies are completed. Each donor has a choice of one of three options for interment of his or her ashes. These options are:
The University will retain all cremains for a period of two years after the date of cremation before final placement in the University Cemetery or Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
A physician will make the pronouncement of death and will sign the death certificate.
If death occurs at home, your family should contact our office at (716)829-2912 IMMEDIATELY. If death occurs in a hospital or nursing home, they will contact our office. After verification of records, the school's funeral director will be notified and arrangements for transportation to the medical school will be made. There is no expense unless death occurs outside a 100 mile radius of the school. In that case, your estate will have to pay transportation expenses beyond that 100 mile limit. It is recommended that a donor register with another medical school if he or she will be away from this area for an extended period or permanently.
Arrangements for memorial services, death notice, notification to Social Security, insurance claims, and/or Veteran's Administration are the responsibility of the family and/or friends.
No charges are made to the donor or next of kin for services offered by the Department except for those bodies which must be brought to the University from outside the 100 mile limit. The University bears the considerable expense of this program as part of its teaching and research responsibilities.
A number of donors and their families have appreciated this lack of a charge and the savings which relate to this service and have requested information as to how they may contribute further to supporting the research and teaching efforts of the Department. In response, a special fund has been set up in the University at Buffalo Foundation, so that gifts or donations of money may be directed to the Anatomy Department Development Fund.
Family or friends may also wish to honor the memory of the deceased by contributing to the Fund. A check may be made out to the
University at Buffalo Foundation-Account #9333-086126
and sent to the address below, or the donor may choose to include the Department in his or her will. Since the Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, such a contribution is tax deductible.
University at Buffalo Foundation
Buffalo, NY 14226-0900