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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.

Mission Statement
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.

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Who is the AGA?

Board Members

Norman Lieska, Ph.D. Chairman
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Richard Clough, Ph.D.
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
Northwestern University
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
Midwestern University
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


Why 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 cannot be 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, among others.



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