What does the AGA do?
Formerly known as the Demonstrator’s Society, the AGA was founded
in 1918. It is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit corporation that manages the
willed body donor program for the medical, research and educational
institutions of Illinois.
It receives, prepares, preserves and distributes human remains for the
purpose of medical education and research at institutions throughout
Illinois. The association also transfers material to several institutions
in the United States. AGA plays a vital role in the training of thousands
of medical students and allied health professionals annually.
The association’s member institutions include many of the major
academic medical schools in the state: Loyola University of Chicago,
Midwestern University, National University of Health Sciences, Northwestern
University, Rush Medical College, Southern Illinois University, the
University of Chicago and the University of Illinois. Our board of directors,
representing each of the member schools, is composed of some of the
world’s leading anatomists.
The Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois, its medical schools, and
its agents are dedicated individuals. The utmost care, reverently performed,
is taken with all bodies, so that both the donor's and family's wishes
are carried out.
Map, Location of AGA offices
Who is the AGA?
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Professor and Chair
Department of Anatomy
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Callum Ross, Ph.D., President
Professor, Organismal Biology & Anatomy
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Larry Cochard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medical Education
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois 60611
James M. Williams, Ph.D. Vice President
Professor, Director of Gross Anatomy Laboratory
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Michael Dauzvardis, Ph.D.
Stritch School of Medicine
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, Illinois 60153
Linda Walters, Ph.D. Secretary and Treasurer
Professor, Department of Anatomy
Downers Grove, Illinois 60148
Nathan Miller, D.C.
Professor, Basic Sciences
National University of Health Sciences
Lombard, Illinois 60148
Paul J. Dudek, MBA
Executive Vice President
Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois
Chicago, Illinois 60608
is the AGA important?
AGA plays a vital role in the training of thousands
of medical students and allied health professionals annually. Because
of the work of the AGA, medical students have direct knowledge of anatomy
through the dissection of cadavers. This training represents a crucial
phase of medical education, one that has not been replaced by computer
simulation or virtual reality.
In recent years, the AGA has participated in trauma
and emergency response training for fire fighters and police officers,
as well as members of the US military and the National Guard, many of
whom came from outside of Illinois. These first responders have benefited
directly from an enhanced understanding of anatomy as a result of training
supported by the AGA.
The AGA also supports research programs in Alzheimer’s
disease, neurology, orthopedics, cardiology and plastic surgery. The
association contributes to training initiatives in orthopedic surgery,
plastic and reconstructive surgery, gynecology and gastroenterology,