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Body Donor Program
Lee Medical Building
414 E. Clark St. 
Vermillion, S.D. 57069
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thank you for your interest in the Sanford School of Medicine Body Donation Program at the University of South Dakota. It is difficult to properly express the significance of such a gift to the education of our future health care professionals, and we sincerely appreciate your selfless and admirable bequest.

There are a variety of students who benefit from these generous donations. These students include our future doctors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, nurses, pre-med students, a select grouping of undergraduate students and students enrolled at institutions participating in our Education Outreach Program. 

Currently our Educational Outreach Program institutions include Lake Area Technical College, Northern State University, Presentation College and South Dakota State University. As you can see, this gift will affect so many in our region, and we are happy there are individuals who see the benefit body donation has within our communities, counties and state. With your bequest to our program, know you are contributing to the future of the Midwest’s medical community.

Our Mission

The Sanford School of Medicine Body Donation Program at the University of South Dakota supports educational programs in providing more and better trained health care professionals through helping donors bequest their bodies after death. We serve as the contact point for all inquiries, communication and assistance in donating one’s body to educational study. The Body Donation Program offers useful information to those considering the program so that he or she can make an informed decision. It maintains the utmost respect for each donor and safeguards our donors in each action we take. 

Funeral Home Directors

Funeral home directors are advised to call the program to report the death of a donor at (605) 677-5555.


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Faculty & Staff

Meet the faculty and staff that lead the Body Donor Program.
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Denise Arrick

Assistant Professor


Educational Faculty
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Brenda Auen

Body Donation Program Assistant
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Robert Hansen

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Evan Hansen


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