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Myositis Support and Education Program

Hospital for Special Surgery offers free programs that reflect our comprehensive approach to care for people with polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and inclusion body myositis. Through these programs, you can learn about your illness and learn to live more fully - both from health care professionals and from others who have the same illness.

Creating A Community For Each Other

The mission of the Myositis Support Group is to enhance coping, reduce isolation, and increase understanding of the inflammatory myopathies (polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and inclusion body myositis) by creating a community for mutual support and education. Family and friends are welcome. In addition to free monthly meetings, group members receive a monthly newsletter.


Meets the 2nd Wednesday evening of each month, 6pm - 8pm


Hospital for Special Surgery
2nd Floor Conference Center, Room A
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021


Suzan Fischbein, LMSW
Myositis Support Group Coordinator

Sponsored by the Department of Social Work Programs and the Rheumatology Division at HSS.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a group member, please contact the group coordinator to learn more.

Myositis Support Program Summaries

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“The Myositis Support Group helps me ‘live’ my fight against inclusion body myositis.”
   -Julian Mirkin

Support Program Summaries

HSS offers a number of free programs that reflect our comprehensive approach to care for people with lupus, myositis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Myositis Articles