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Donation Process

At the Time of Death

When death occurs, a family member, hospital staff, or funeral director should notify the Anatomical Gift Program, New York Chiropractic College at (315) 568-3196.

The caller will be asked:

  • name of the deceased
  • location of the deceased
  • name, address and relationship to the deceased of the caller
  • whether a physician or medical staff has attended to the deceased

The Anatomical Gift Program will then arrange for the transport of the body to the New York Chiropractic College. Transportation to the New York Chiropractic College is provided by a licensed funeral director under contract with the Anatomical Gift Program. If the family of the deceased wishes to utilize the services of a funeral director of their choosing, any expenses and fees beyond those normally incurred by the Anatomical Gift Program will be the responsibility of the family or estate of the deceased.

Refusal of a Donation

New York Chiropractic College reserves the right to decline the donation of a body when the remains are deemed unsuitable for educational purposes. A body should not be previously autopsied or embalmed.

Conditions that may render a body unsuitable include:

  • certain infectious diseases (AIDS, Hepatitis, tuberculosis)
  • extensive trauma at the time of death
  • advanced decomposition
  • extreme obesity or malnutrition
  • Embalmed bodies. Bodies must be unembalmed to be received as an anatomical gift.

Please discuss alternate plans with your family, in the unlikely event that we do not accept the gift of your body at the time of your death.

Organ Donation and Anatomical Gifts: The Anatomical Gift Program supports organ donations. The donation of organs for transplantation takes precedence over whole body donation. Individuals who donate their organs for transplantation are acceptable as whole body donations to the Medical College provided the remaining criteria are met.