The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation

The Uveitis/OID Support Group is a patient education and mutual support resource founded in 1996 by Dr. C. Stephen Foster, Frances Foster MS, RN, CS, John Hurley LICSW, and patients of Dr. Foster. Our mission is to educate patients, their family members and friends, and the medical community about ocular inflammatory disease and to facilitate the exchange of information, emotional support, and mutual aid between members. We are also deeply committed to raising funds to support research into the causes and effective treatment of uveitis.

Destructive inflammatory diseases of the eye such as uveitis are the third leading cause of blindness worldwide. Anyone living with uveitis or other form of ocular inflammatory disease is welcome to join us, along with your family members, friends, and others. There is no membership charge, ever, for participation in our programs or resources. Support Group expenses are underwritten by voluntary, tax deductible contributions to the Uveitis Support Group Fund and by a sustaining grant from Dr. Foster.

We are indebted to our Faculty Sponsor and medical advisor, C. Stephen Foster, M.D., for his encouragement, support, and unbelievable personal commitment to our mission and activities. None of this would have been possible without Dr. Foster's energy and passion to communicate and reach out to patients everywhere who live with ocular inflammatory disease, and to the physicians who care for them.

The Uveitis/OID Support Group, in addition to our general web page, maintains a web page for kids and parents. We also have an online support group page for kids, parents, and adults that are accessible through the world wide web free of charge to anyone living with ocular inflammatory disease. In addition to these online resources, we produce a quaterly Newsletter that is widely distributed and recently supported the publication of a school guide for teachers and parents. We hold six support group meetings in Boston each year along with other events. All support group meetings are open and we encourage patients, friends, and family members to join us. The group is free, thanks to generous donations from patients and their friends and family members.

Patient Action Network is not advertisement but a link to a website for patients by American Medical Association.

Call Foundation at 617-494-1431 x112

Frances Barrett Foster MS, NP, CS
Co-leader/Patient Representative
Email:  ffoster@mersi.com

Walter Gorski 
Coleader/Patient Representative

Liz Irvin , PhD, LICSW
Patient Representative
Email: eirvin@comcast.net

Other Uveitis Support Groups

USA

INTERNATIONAL

RELATED ORGANIZATIONS

Meetings

Connecticut Chapter of OIUF

  Meeting Dates: Every 4th Saturday of the Month (Print Flyer)
  Location: The Gateway Medical Park
South 300 Western Blvd
Education Room
Glastonbury, CT
  Support Group Contact / Facilitator Jennifer Wall
Email  | 860-465-6231

Salt Lake City UT Chapter of OIUF

  Meeting Location:  Moran Eye Center
Salt Lake City, Utah

 

Faculty Sponsor:

 Dr. Al Vitale

Tucson AZ Support Group

  Meeting Dates: First Tuesday of each month
  Time: 2-3 PM
  Location: University Medical Center
1501 North Campbell Avenue
Tucson, Arizona
  Support Group Contact: 626-3346 or Tuscon Calender
  Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Robert Park (Ophthalmologist)  
Dr. David Yocum (Rheumatologist)





Mexico City, Mexico Support Group

  Location: Hospital Oftalmologico de Nuestra
  Support Group Contact: Meli Graue
  Faculty Sponsors: Patrocinador de la Facultad: 
Ellery Lopez, M.D.

Uveitis Support | Canada

  Meeting Dates: Online Calendar
  Time: Generally, evenings
  Location: CNIB ~ 15 Colonel Baker Place, NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 4Z3
  Support Group Contact: Saletta Hindemith
Email  |  Website
  Faculty Sponsors: Amin Kherani, BSc, MD, FRCSC
  Website: http://www.uveitis.CA