Our Philosophy

  • Hic locus est ubi mors gaudet succurrere vitae: “This place is where death rejoices to come to the nurture of life.”

    Gift Body TreeKansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences' College of Osteopathic Medicine educates nearly 1,000 students every year. The osteopathic philosophy emphasizes the care and treatment of the whole patient, including mind, body and spirit. The human body is the foundation of osteopathic practice and principle. The Gift Body Program serves as an integral component of the students’ education as they prepare to serve patients as both physicians and scientists.

    Receiving our first donors in the early 20th century, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences has a long and respected history operating its Gift Body Program. The Gift Body Program has impacted thousands of students and researchers to learn about the inner workings of the human body in an up-close, personally meaningful way that otherwise would not be possible. Throughout the bequeathal process and medical study, our institution emphasizes respect for the donors and their families.

    For the past 15 years, a KCUMB faculty member has served as local secretary of the Missouri State Anatomical Board, which represents medical schools in the western half of the state. A representative from KCUMB has served on the Missouri State Anatomical Board since the boards’ inception.

    The KCUMB Gift Body Program relies solely on donations. The University does not pay for bodies or body parts.

    For more details, contact:
    KCUMB Department of Anatomy
    Phone: 816-654-7533
    Toll-Free: 800-234-4847
    Pager: 816-840-7127
    Email: giftbody@kcumb.edu