Autopsy Resources - IU LOAD to Columbia University

Autopsy Protocol

The autopsy protocol provides detailed directions for the diener, autopsy technician, or pathologist tasked with performing the LOAD tissue removal. The autopsy form must be completed at the time of tissue removal and faxed (317-278-1100) or emailed ( to the IU LOAD autopsy coordinator. A copy of this form should also be enclosed with the shipment to Columbia University.

Shipping materials may be provided by the IU LOAD coordinators, please contact us by phone (1-800-526-2839) or email ( if you are requesting materials.

Do NOT ship on Fridays, Saturdays, or Holidays.

Shipping Protocol
W9 Information for Payment

For payment of services, those organizations and/or independent contractors must complete the following paperwork. The first page of the Columbia W-9 Form Packet is a welcome letter from the Columbia University Purchasing Department. Please remember to sign this document by hand, as electronic signatures will not be accepted.

  1. All new vendors are also required to go the following link and complete the Vendor Qualification for payment.
  2. Columbia W-9 Form Packet

An invoice will also be required from each organization or independent contractor requesting payment. Please see invoice samples for reference. Each invoice must have: family/subject number of decedent, amount due, date, invoice number, name of payee, and mailing address.

Columbia W9 forms IU LOAD Funeral Home payment instructions IU LOAD harvest payment instructions