The goal of the Ostomy Association of New York  is to provide ostomates with mutual support and to facilitate their recovery with meetings, our newsletter, by email and phone and face-to-face visits.



Open discussions at our regular meetings allow informal sharing of experiences and information in an accepting and welcoming environment. A clinical nurse specialist attends most of our sessions to provide individual guidance regarding ostomy management. Our meetings feature presentations by physicians and other health care professionals who discuss such topics as physical fitness, nutrition, pain management, social, psychological and sexual concerns, travel tips, surgical alternatives, etc. Additionally we have an annual product fair presented by vendors of ostomy care products.


We meet monthly (except for January, February, July and August) – all are welcome including spouses, children and supporting friends to share their experiences. We currently meet at Lenox Hill Hospital, Einhorn Auditorium but to be sure please see EVENTS page for meeting location and travel directions.



We are available by phone and for personal visits. Our visitors are certified volunteers with matching surgeries/medical concerns who share their experience and knowledge regarding all non-medical concerns. Visits are made with the patient’s consent and all visitors complete a formal training program administered by health care professionals every 2 years.


For additional information about visits or to request a visitor please contact for:

Marge Scannell
Ileostomies, Urostomies, urinary diversions, etc.:
Diane Watkin