We Honor the Donors Who Support Our Body Donation Program

We invite you to view the Cleveland Clinic Body Donation Program service of remembrance, which was prerecorded because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This annual event, typically held in person, honors the people who bequeathed their remains to us and passed away during the prior year, in support of medical student, resident and faculty education, as well as their family members.

Featured in this year’s service, which honors our donors during both 2019 and 2020, is resident Melanie Katz, MD (PGY4, OB/GYN), who shares the powerful impact of “Millie,” her first “patient.”

“Day in and day out, I not only learned anatomy from Millie, but I began to gain the confidence to become a clinician,” says Dr. Katz. “And although I would not have believed it at the time, she gave me my first tools to become a surgeon.”

Chineme Onwubueke, a first-year medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, speaks about her personal experience in the anatomy lab.

“[W]e will learn from those who have died and use our lives for the good of humanity. It is with these memories, with this newly acquired knowledge and with these lessons that I and my classmates say thank you from the bottom of our hearts…. I hope you can see that with the precious donations of your loved ones not even death could stop them from benefitting humanity,” says Chineme.

Rev. Amy Greene, DMin, MDiv, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at Cleveland Clinic, offers opening and closing remarks. Richard L. Drake, PhD, Director of Anatomy at the Lerner College of Medicine, gives an overview of the program, and James K. Stoller, MD, MS, Chair of the Education Institute, shares his gratitude for the priceless gift our donors have given to the future of medicine.

We hope you find the sentiments shared by Dr. Katz, Chineme and the other speakers inspiring, and we welcome you to share the service of remembrance link with colleagues, family and friends.

Learn more about our Body Donation Program.