The University of Washington's Willed Body Program is a whole-body donation program for donors from Washington State. The gift of your body to the UW School of Medicine is an invaluable contribution to the education of future healthcare providers, enabling them to study and understand the complexity of the human body in a way that is not possible by any other means.

In addition to helping students in the health professions master complex anatomy, your donation will allow medical researchers to develop and maximize important tools to help patients. The University of Washington is one of the foremost medical research institutions in the world, conducting studies that will not only further develop the body of knowledge within the field of medicine, but eventually alleviate human suffering.

We are deeply grateful for your consideration of this extraordinary gift. Donating your body is a significant decision, and we understand there are complex questions that arise when considering it. We have prepared a letter that answers many of the questions potential donors have asked us over the years, and also includes legal and medical reasons that a donation may be declined. In order to fully benefit from the exceptional gift you are providing, it is important that you, your family and the University of Washington have a mutual understanding and agreement about the donor process. This letter is prepared in the spirit of promoting this understanding.

Donation resources

Program information


Many WBP donors choose to be buried through the Willed Body Program. These donors are buried at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, located in north Seattle. Each year (usually in the fall), a memorial service is held at the Evergreen Washelli chapel, with speakers from the University of Washington medical and professional schools, including student representatives. Family members are also given the opportunity to speak about their loved ones at this service. Following the service, everyone is invited to one of several lovely group burial sites where individual urns are placed. The site includes an engraved stone honoring our donors.

Inscription reads: University of Washington, School of Medicine – In dedication to those who have donated their remains for the advancement of medical science and education.

Some families choose to engrave the name of their loved on the plaque – this can be arranged independently through Evergreen Washelli when studies are completed.

Records of our body donors are maintained at the University of Washington; Evergreen Washelli does not keep these records.

2019 Annual Ceremony

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park
11111 Aurora Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98133
206.362.5200


The impact of the Anatomy program at the U.W. was acknowledged recently with an excellent international ranking (please see letter from Dean Paul G. Ramsey, below). U.W. Anatomy was ranked tenth in the world, and fourth in the USA (behind Harvard, Vanderbilt and Utah) by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). CWUR reviewed academic programs in 26,000 educational institutions in sixty countries. The Willed Body Program is essential for the success of Anatomical research and education at University of Washington.

John I. Clark, Ph.D.
Director, Willed Body Program
Fellow, American Association of Anatomy
Professor of Biological Structure
Chairman Emeritus

Regarding High Ranking for UW Medical Programs:

April 13, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Last week, new rankings highlighted the prominent role of UW Medicine faculty in global research. For the first time, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) evaluated leading universities in 227 subject categories based on the number of research articles in top-tier journals.

This report, along with our No. 2 world ranking for impact of our work on clinical medicine and pharmacy by the Shanghai Ranking Constituency, recognizes your contributions to our mission of improving the health of the public. It also shows that we are achieving one of our core goals, as articulated in our vision statement, by providing a research enterprise for scientists that enables them to advance medical knowledge and clinical innovations with groundbreaking discoveries.

The following list identifies the 31 subject categories that involve UW Medicine research. In all of these areas, we are among the top 10 world universities, and your work is ranked in the top five in 14 of the categories. For more information, see CWUR Rankings by Subject - 2017.

  • Anatomy & Morphology (10th)
  • Anesthesiology (6th)
  • Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology (2nd)
  • Biochemical Research Methods (3rd)
  • Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology (4th)
  • Critical Care Medicine (6th)
  • Emergency Medicine (4th)
  • Endocrinology & Metabolism (8th)
  • Genetics & Heredity (5th)
  • Geriatrics & Gerontology (5th)
  • Gerontology (8th)
  • Health Care Sciences & Services (8th)
  • Health Policy & Services (6th)
  • Hematology (7th)
  • Immunology (4th)
  • Infectious Diseases (4th)
  • Mathematical & Computational Biology (6th)
  • Medical Informatics (3rd, tied)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology (8th)
  • Medicine, General & Internal (5th)
  • Medicine, Research & Experimental (4th)
  • Microbiology (3rd)
  • Otorhinolaryngology (10th)
  • Parasitology (8th)
  • Pediatrics (7th)
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (5th)
  • Psychology, Clinical (9th)
  • Rehabilitation (10th)
  • Toxicology (8th)
  • Urology & Nephrology (8th)
  • Virology (3rd, tied)

Congratulations on this exciting news and well deserved recognition of the impact of your research.

Sincerely,

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and
Dean of the School of Medicine,
University of Washington


The Willed Body Program is a resource for the following Research Programs:

  • Genetic Anatomy: genome sequencing in modern human anatomy
  • Alzheimers Disease Research Program
  • Prostate Cancer Research Program
  • Cardiovascular Research and Education
  • Neurological Surgery: catheter guidance system to improve patient safety during brain surgery
  • Structural Informatics: spatial and symbolic representations of human structure

Publications

1. A Kumar, M Dougherty, GM Findlay, M Geisheker, J Klein, J Lazar, H Machkovech, J Resnick, R Resnick, AI Salter, F Talebi-Liasi, C Arakawa, J Baudin, A Bogaard, R Salesky, Q Zhou, K Smith, JI Clark, J Shendure, MS Horwitz. (2014) Genome Sequencing of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in Conjunction with Medical School Human Anatomy PLOS One 9(9): e106744; doi:10.1371/journal.pone.010674 


​ 2. CL Fligner, JI Clark, JM Clark, LW Larson & JE Poole (2018) Surgical Anatomy for the Implanting Physician. in Surgical Implantation of Cardiac Rhythm Devices, 1st Edition by JE Poole & LW Larson. Elsevier. Philadelphia PA.”


For more information please contact:

Mavis Carpio Montgomery
Willed Body Program Operations Manager Department of Biological Structure

Phone
206.543.1860

John I. Clark, Ph.D.
Willed Body Program Director

uwmedicine.org/willedbody