Unclaimed decedents refer to individuals who arrive at the State Anatomy Board when there is no next-of-kin or no funeral arrangements were made. The State Anatomy Board is contacted by medical facilities, the Cheif Medical Examiners Office, or law enforcement when the next-of-kin cannot be located or are unable, at the time of death, to make funeral arrangements.
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To receive the body of a person who has donated his or her
remains to the Anatomy Board for use in the advancement of medical research and
Yes. Donors are needed
to support programs in medical education and research study.
By completing an
Anatomy Board donor form. You may use the website, email, write or telephone
the Board to request this form and any additional information.
The Board typically does not accept posthumous “after death”
donation. However, you may contact the Board to discuss your case.
Advance directives for ‘donation to science’ are considered a
general intent, not donation to the State Anatomy Board. To donate to the
Board, you must complete a donation form. You may go to our website, email,
write or telephone the Board to request this form and any additional
Yes, someone must be
18 years of age or older to donate his or her body to the Board.
Yes. If you are registered with an organ bank or the Driver's
License Program, keep your card with any other identification you carry.
If one of our donors dies in one of the states surrounding
Maryland, the family shall incur the cost of transporting the body into Maryland
and the cost of filing the death certificate and cremation certificate. The
body shall be transported to the nearest funeral home inside the Maryland
border. A completed death certificate from the state of death must accompany
the donor. The Board will not accept or make removal without the accompanying
If a donor dies out of state and the distance to transport is
unreasonable, then the closest Medical Teaching Facility should be notified to
see if they will accept donation. In this case also contact the State Anatomy
Your donation may be cancelled at any time by
writing to the Anatomy Board.
Notification to the Board is made immediately by the nursing
home, hospital, or doctor in attendance. If there is no attending physician,
the local police department should be contacted immediately. The Anatomy Board
will arrange to have the body moved to its facility.
The body is prepared
for use in a medical program and held until it is released for study.
The body will be used to support research and educational study
programs at medical institutions. The Board serves medical and dental schools,
resident teaching programs, and other related health, education, and research
No. The Anatomy Board assumes immediate custody of the body, so
a funeral service with the body present is not possible. However, the family
may elect to have a memorial service at any time and the Board holds an annual
Memorial Service for all donors.
The family may place an obituary notice, at their own expense.
The newspaper will usually confirm the death with the State Anatomy Board prior
The body is returned
to the Anatomy Board and cremated.
In most cases, cremation will occur within a year to a year and
a half, depending on when the body is released to and received back from the
medical program, but this may be up to two years.
the ashes are interred in a dedicated gravesite in Sykesville, Maryland.
Yes. You may designate on your donation form that the ashes are
to be returned to the family by listing the name, address and telephone number
of the person to receive them. The ashes will be returned in an urn suitable
for burial or entombment.
Yes, we can accept willed bequests or you can directly donate
financially through www.medschool.umaryland.edu/SABgiving. All funds go to support the State Anatomy
Board’s medical educational and biomedical research missions.
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