The Willed Body
Program at Baylor College of Medicine:
One Baylor Plaza, BCM130
Houston, TX 77030
Senior Administrative Coordinator: Caroline Kosnik
Assistant Professor: Gregory Duncan 713-798-4960
Head Division of Anatomical Sciences: Dr. Frank Kretzer, Ph. D
For questions About a Donor: Leon 713-798-4960; Cell:
state of the body:
- Confirm Cause of Death
- Confirm approximate Height
- Obtain important Vital
Statistic information (Full Name of Decedent, Date of Birth, Date &
Time of Death, Place of Death, Location of Body, SSN, Marital Status,
Race, Residence Address, NOK Relationship & Contact Information
including address, and Signing Doctor for DC & Phone #)
- Determine if the decedent
meets criteria for acceptance
Criteria for The Willed Body Program at Baylor College of Medicine:
- Accepts ONLY pre-willed
bodies at least 6 months in advance and are on the Baylor List
- At least 18 years or older
- Weight/Height Limit
5’ male (150 lb.)/ 6’ (225 lb.)
5’ female (150 lb.)/ 6’ (190 lb.)
No bodies refrigerated over 2 weeks
No bodies from which organs (including corneas)
have been donated (Lions Eye Bank, LifeGift, etc.)
No bodies from Harris County Morgue unless
pre-willed and no autopsy has been performed
- No Autopsy performed
- No severe burns or
- No head injury that has
changed the shape of the skull
- No fetal position
- No body where limbs cannot
- No Major or Communicable Diseases
(HIV, AIDS, Active STDs, Hepatitis B, Hantavirus, Active Viral Influenza,
Measles, Ebola, MRSA, Rabies, Tuberculosis, Leprosy, etc.)
- No Sepsis
- No Viral Encephalitis
- No Jaundice due to
- No Edema (depends on
- No Aspirated Bodies (No
embalming! Arterially injected or femorally
- No Gangrene
- No Double Amputee of the
same type limb
- No VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus)
- No C Difficile
- No HTLV (Human T-Lymphotrophic Virus)
- No Diphtheria
- No Cholera
- No Syphilis
- No Known Relatives
Procedures for The Willed Body Program
at Baylor College of Medicine
hospice nurse, hospital nurse, police officer, or family member will call us
with the first call. Determine if the decedent meets criteria for acceptance.
Confirm that the donor is on the Baylor List and has been for at least 6
months. If there are any hesitations or questions about the acceptance criteria
and determining if the donor is a suitable candidate for donation, please call
Leon or Caroline immediately. They will help you determine if the donor
- If the donor meets criteria, take the first call and
enter in SRS. Create a pick up notice and send over, along with the first
call sheet to Dispatch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the driver arrives to where the decedent is located and finds that the
decedent is decomposing and/or possibly unsuitable for donation for any
reason, please call Dispatch and Leon or Caroline at Baylor immediately! The
driver is NOT to make the removal if the body is unsuitable for donation.
If the body meets criteria, the driver is to make the removal and deliver
the decedent to Baylor immediately. We DO NOT embalm for Baylor!
- Baylor College of Medicine will pay mileage up to
125 miles radius of Houston.
The family will have to pay the mileage
fee over 125 miles at the rate of $2.50/ per loaded mile.
the Next of Kin to obtain the vitals for the death certificate. Enter vitals
in TER and print a Facts of Death Verification Form by clicking on the
Informant Verification icon at the top of the TER webpage. Save a copy of
the form to the decedent’s file in the S: Drive and in SRS. Email, fax, or
mail the Facts of Death to the Next of Kin to proof. Place of Disposition for this death certificate is Baylor
College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
the Facts of Death Verification Form, BOTH Baylor forms for the consent to
the donation and instructions for the return of the cremated remains,
death certificate request form, and credit card authorization form to the
Next of Kin.
cost of the death certificates to the Baylor families is $25 for the first
copy and $15 for each additional certified copy. There is a fee for the
return of the cremains of $165 made payable to Baylor College of Medicine.
the doctor to sign in TER once you have confirmation that all vitals are
correct by clicking the Designate Medical Certifier icon at the top of the
TER webpage. Choose the appropriate drop down for type of certifier and
designate either Physician, Justice of the Peace, or Medical Examiner.
Search for the doctor and designate. Call the doctor to inform them that they
have been designated to sign.
signed, order the number of death certificates the family wishes including
1 certified copy for Baylor. Once they come in, mail the 1 certified copy
of the DC to Baylor and the rest to the Next of Kin.
handles the billing for Baylor College of Medicine.