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Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy Body Donor Program

Welcome to the Drexel University College of Medicine Body Donor Program! Our body donation program is managed through the Humanity Gifts Registry of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

For more information, please view our FAQs or contact Sara Solomon at 215.991.8858 or for our University City Campus or Jennifer Lees at 267.857.6835 or for our West Reading Campus.

2024 Celebration of Remembrance

On Monday, May 13, the Humanities Gifts Registry hosted the Celebration of Remembrance, an annual event honoring the individuals who donated their bodies to medical education and research. All Philadelphia medical schools participated in this memorial event attended by the family members and loved ones of the donors. The Celebration of Remembrance is made possible by Philadelphia’s medical students and Drexel’s very own medical students were among the events volunteers:

  • Eulogist: Mekha Varghese
  • Reading of names: McKayla Antrim, Julia Danon, Abigail Faust, Bobby Kroma, Jaclyn Lo and Daisy Lookinland
  • Musical performance: Sophie Geagan
  • DUCOM’s Doctors Note: Taylor Carbine, Sarah Dabre, Joelle Park, Sophie Geagan, Vineetha Yadlapalli, Katie Chang, Ellie Azebe-Osime, Shrilakkshmi Babu and Austin Wright
  • Greeter: Emmanuella Owusu-Ampaw

About Whole-body Donation

Whole-body donation is when an individual donates their body to medical education and research. It is considered one of the most selfless gifts an individual can give to medical education and research. This unmatched gift will help our Drexel University students learn about human anatomy and teach them materials that cannot compare to a traditional textbook.

The main courses that benefit from whole-body donation are professional level Gross Anatomy courses. Anatomy is the study of the structure and function of the human body while Gross Anatomy is the study of body structures large enough to be examined without the help of magnifying devices. It is one of the most important courses in the education of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and many other health care professionals.

The gift of body donation plays a critical role in helping medical and health-related science students master the complex anatomy of the human body and provides researchers with an essential tool for making discoveries to aid in the advancement of medical science.

Body Donation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, all whole-body donations must be made through the Humanity Gifts Registry. Please contact the registry at 215.922.4440 or visit their website at for more information.

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