Can you be a donor?

The Genesis Whole Body Donor Program accepts donors from the following States highlighted in green:
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  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • West Virginia

MERI's Board, staff, faculty, students and researchers appreciate all persons who generously plan and hope to become anatomic donors. Their gifts allow for the continuous improvement of patient care. MERI's mission is "to promote health and welfare by providing quality medical education and hands-on training and to promote and foster research in all areas of medicine." To achieve this mission, MERI must limit its acceptance of anatomic donors to those donors who at the time of death can be "good teachers". Being a "good teacher" requires that the donor not be able to pass on any infectious diseases to the learner. Additionally, the donor's physical condition must be suitable to create a safe, excellent learning experience. Regretfully, for these reasons, MERI cannot accept any generous donor who at the time of death has one or more of the following conditions:

  • Active Shingles
  • Any STD (Herpes, Genital Warts) in the past 12 months
  • Active Syphilis
  • Active TB
  • Autopsy
  • C-Diff
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
  • Decubitus / open wound(s) (stage 3 & 4)
  • Donor who has spent more then 12 hours without being refrigerated after the time of death
  • Donors who do not have the completed donation paperwork and acceptance process to MERI within 24 hours of time of death
  • Embalmed Donors
  • Encephalitis or Meningitis
  • Excessive Edema (swelling)
  • Gangrene
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • Homicide
  • Injected Drug use in the past 12 months
  • Jail or Prison Time in the past 12 months
  • Jaundice
  • Malaria
  • Massive Trauma
  • MRSA
  • Multiple Surgical Implants (both hips, both knees, spinal implants)
  • No one under the age of 18 years
  • Rabies
  • Radioactive Seed Implants
  • Sepsis
  • Severe Contractures
  • Signs of Decomposition or odors
  • Staph Infection
  • Suicide
  • Swine Flu
  • Tissue Donors who have not limited their donation to eyes, organs, and upper long bones from arms
  • VRE
  • Weight over 250lbs
  • West Nile Virus