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Anatomical Gift Program

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Donation of Human Remains

The ETSU Quillen College of Medicine appreciates your desire to donate your remains for medical education.
To donate your remains:  NOTE:
Due to logistics and financial limitations, we can only accept donors within a 30 mile radius of Johnson City.  (For example: Tri-Cities area, Greeneville, Bristol, TN, Elizabethton, Hampton, Butler, Roan Mountain, Mountain City, Church Hill, Rogersville)  and/or not accept a donor that is not pre-registered.

  1. Please print out the following PDF Gift form: Anatomical Gift Form
  2. Fill out the entire form in the presence of two (2) witnesses.
  3. Be sure to include the current date, your birthdate, and your social security number on the form.
  4. Make a copy of the form for your records.
  5. Mail original to:
                Department of Biomedical Sciences
                Anatomical Gift Program
                Quillen College of Medicine
                Attn: Cindy Canter
                P. O. Box 70582
               Johnson City, TN 37614-1708
  6. A copy of the donor form should be given to a relative, friend, or physician with instructions to report your death to the Department of Biomedical Sciences 1-866-968-3668 (1-866 YOU DON8).

The Quillen College of Medicine does not pay individuals for their remains.
owever, the Department of Biomedical Sciences does arrange for and pay the expenses of embalming and delivery of your remains to the ETSU College of Medicine if death occurs within a 30-mile radius of Johnson City, Tenn.

Please note that the Department of Biomedical Sciences will be unable to accept your remains if:

  • an autopsy has been performed,
  • the remains exceed 230 pounds,
  • you are affected by a contagious disease,
  • when the tissues have been damaged excessively (as in a severe automobile accident) or embalming has been done without approval of our department,
  • we are not notified within five (5) hours of death.

By your donation, you are making a noteworthy contribution to medical education and research. The ETSU Quillen College of Medicine appreciates your generous spirit in this matter. Please note that all utilization and cremation of donated remains is performed locally. If you have additional questions, please contact the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Telephone numbers:
Monday –Friday (8:00 am-4:30 pm)
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Quillen College of Medicine
TOLL FREE: 1-866-968-3668 (1-866-YOU DON8)

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Cindy Canter
Coordinator, Anatomical Gift Program
Phone: 423-439-2000
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