ostomy / diversion support groups (in-person & virtual)



Meeting location:

Maimonides Medical Center, 4802 Tenth Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11219

Conference Room 2C, 2nd Floor,

Administration Building

Our meetings are free and open to the public, no RSVP is required. Individuals who want to attend and/or have questions, please contact the Wound Ostomy Nursing Specialist Team at 718-283-7954. 

WOCN team: Karine Arzoumanov; Monica Cabrera, Anjelika Kuvaldina and Sau Man 'Christine' Pang, MSN, RN, CWOCN, Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Team Coordinator

We meet on last Wednesday of the month in April, May, June, September, October, and November. 


MSKCC offers a variety of seminars, support group meetings, workshops and other programs focusing on living beyond cancer. Below are some selected offerings that may be of particular interest to the Ostomy Association of New York meeting attendees and visitors to the OANY website. To view other offerings, visit: 

https://www.mskcc.org/experience/living-beyond-cancer/services/upcoming/programs. Please note that the requirements for participation vary; some programs are open to non-MSKCC patients, others are not.


Bladder Cancer Support (In-Person)

This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval. With Linda Mathew, LCSW, Mallory Bowker, RN or Vashti Livingston, CWOCN

Day/Date/Time: Thursdays: December 12th, 2019. Time: 12:00 -1:30 PM.

Location: MSKCC Rockefeller Research Laboratories, 430 East 67th St. Room: Oct - Dec: RRL 103

You must register to attend this program. To register & for more information, call 646-888-8106 or e-mail RLAC@mskcc.org 

Bladder Cancer Support (Online)

This live online support and education group is for individuals undergoing treatment for bladder cancer. The group is open to MSK and non-MSK patients; Discussions led by social worker and a nurse.

Day/Date/Time: Thursdays: December 26th, 2019. Time: 4:00-5:00 pm.

Registration is required. To register/learn more, contact virtualprograms@mskcc.org 


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Ostomy Support Group for Patients with Colorectal Cancer (Online)

This live online support & education group is for people undergoing treatment for colorectal cancer with an ostomy. Grp is held every other month on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Open to everyone. Led by social worker and a nurse.

Day/Date/Time: 2020 dates to come.

Registration is required. To register/learn more, please contact virtualprograms@mskcc.org 

Colorectal Cancer Support Group: (In-Person)

Support & discussion for men and women who have completed treatment for colorectal cancer. Topics include diet & nutrition, adjusting to physical changes and managing anxiety. Program for people who have had cancer. No observers without prior approval.

Date/Time/Location: Tuesdays: Dec. 17th 2019. Time: 1-2:30 PM

MSKCC Rockefeller

Outpatient Pavilion

160 East 53rd Street

(At Third Avenue) 11th Floor Conference Room 

Registration is required. To register/learn more, call 646-888-8106 or e-mail: rlac@mskcc.org 

Coping Post-Treatment: (Virtual): Discuss how a cancer experience can influence mental health and wellness, impact socialization; ways patients & families balance expected life transitions after treatment. Program for people who have had cancer; no observers without prior approval.

Day/Date/Time: 2020 dates to come.

Registration required: To register/learn more please call 646-888-8106 or e-mail: rlac@mskcc.org.

Men and Cancer Support Group: (Online) For men who are finished with treatment. Must be patients at MSKCC and must have access to computer and a telephone

Wednesdays: 2020 dates to come.

Registration required: To register/learn more, contact virtualprograms@mskcc.org.

-Additional Programs Continued on Reverse-

Life After Cancer: (Virtual): Unexpected feelings and reactions can emerge at the end of treatment. These will be discussed along with strategies for managing during this time.This group is open to the community.

Day/Date/Time: 2020 dates to come.

Registration required: To register/learn more, please contact virtualprograms@mskcc.org

Dating and Disclosure for the Young Adult (Online) Focus is complexities of dating after treatment, when/how/whether to disclose cancer history.

2020 dates to come.

Registration required: to register/learn more please contact virtualprograms@mskcc.org 


Ostomy Association of Long Island/Nassau

Contact: Angela McGrade: 516-883-9384


If you plan to attend a meeting please contact Angela McGrade in advance.

Location: Long Island Jewish Hospital,

Administration Building (Basement Cafeteria)

400 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park, NY

Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm except December, January, February, July, August

South Shore Ostomy Support Group 

Mercy Medical Center, 1000 North Village Ave, Rockville Centre, NY.

Meets 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm, 

Does not meet July-August and December-February 

If you plan to attend, please Contact Lois Dunwoody to RSVP.

For more information contact:

Lois Dunwoody: 516-536-8119, 

Support Group Leader



Sleepy Hollow, NY



Jean Kelly

Mid-Hudson Valley Ostomy Support Group

Poughkeepsie, New York

Vassar Brothers Hospital, 45 Reade Place

Meets 2nd Thursday of every month @ 6:30 PM (Exceptions: January, August)

Contact: Paulette Reda 845-297-0587

Website: https://www.ostomy.org/mid-hudson-valley-ny-ostomy-support 

Rockland County Ostomy Support Group
Meetings are held at Good Samaritan Hospital
255 Lafayette Ave, Suffern, NY 10901

Group meets 4x/year: 2020 meeting dates to come. No RSVP required. Please stop at front desk to confirm meeting room.
Contact: Debra Siddi, WOCN
Tel: 845-641-7447




J-Pouch Group 

A support site dedicated to the Ileo-anal anastomosis, or "J-Pouch" operation.


Pull-Thru Network Inc.

Lori Parker, Executive Director


email: pullthrunetwork@gmail.com


Pull-thru Network, Inc. is a volunteer-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing information, education, support and advocacy for families, children, teens and adults who are living with the challenges of congenital anorectal, colorectal, and/or urogenital disorders and any of the associated diagnoses.

Quality Life Association

The Quality Life Association is a non-profit nationwide association aimed at meeting the special needs of the continent ostomate and to educate others on the latest advances in ostomy options.

For Support Groups in Other Areas, go to: https://www.ostomy.org/support-group-finder/