Mayo Support Groups in Florida

Sharing your story or expressing your concerns can help to make a difference — for you and for those who are fighting the same disease.

The support groups at Mayo Clinic in Florida welcome survivors and their caregivers for a time of sharing and encouragement. The meetings are free and open to the public.

The following details include meeting times and contact information for each group:

AICD Support Group

A community support and education meeting for patients and families who are living with an implantable cardiac defibrillator (AICD). A new educational topic is presented at each session, and a member of the electrophysiology team is present for questions.

  • Last Wednesday of February, June and October
  • 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Mayo Building, 2N (second floor), Room 2-003
  • Information: 904-953-6785
  • RSVP appreciated — email Carolyn O'Grady, R.N.

Alzheimer's and Related Dementia Education Series and Caregiver Support Group

A free support group for those who provide care for a loved one with dementia. The meetings focus on Alzheimer's disease and the challenges facing caregivers.

  • First Thursday of each month
  • Noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Kinne Auditorium, Cannaday Building
  • Information: 904-953-6523 or MCJMemoryDC@mayo.edu

Amyloidosis Support Group

A free support group for amyloidosis patients, their families and caregivers. The meetings are an open forum for discussing topics related to amyloidosis, such as disease education, treatments (including transplantation) and other topics of mutual interest.

This support group will meet about twice a year on a Saturday on the Mayo Clinic campus. Dates will be announced several months ahead of time.

Information: 866-404-7539 or visit Amyloidosis Support Groups

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

Open to Mayo Clinic patients and employees. Groups are facilitated by a clinical psychologist, a registered dietitian and a physical therapist. Consists of a short presentation by the facilitator followed by open discussion.

  • Second Monday of each month
  • 5 - 6 p.m. — for those more than one year since surgery
  • 6 - 7 p.m. — for those less than one year since surgery
  • Cannaday Building (Ground Floor), Room 1106
  • Information: 904-953-0708

Esophageal Cancer Support Group

A free support group to offer personal support for patients facing surgery and adapting after surgery. The meetings are an open forum for discussing topics of mutual interest. Spouses and friends welcome.

  • Third Friday (January, April, July, October)
  • 1 p.m.
  • Vincent A. Stabile Building, Room 153N
  • Information: 904-374-4599

Heart Transplant/VAD Support Group

A free support group for heart transplant and ventricular assist device (VAD) patients and caregivers. The meetings are an open forum for discussing topics related to VAD supportive treatment, transplantation and recovery.

  • Tuesdays
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Mayo Building, 2-903 North
  • Information: 904-956-3210

Kidney Cancer Patient Support Group

The Judy Nicholson Foundation for kidney cancer research is a Jacksonville-based not-for-profit organization that provides support to Mayo Clinic patients affected by kidney cancer and their families. Meetings are held on the Florida campus. For information about upcoming meetings, please call or email:

Lung Transplant Support Group

A free support group for lung transplant patients and their caregivers. The meetings are an open forum for discussing topics related to transplantation and recovery.

  • Tuesdays
  • 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Mayo Building, 2-002 North
  • Information: 904-956-3210

Parkinson's Disease Support Group

A free community support and education meeting for patients with movement disorders. The meetings focus on topics related to living with Parkinson's Disease.

  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Cannaday Building, Room 1107
  • Information: 904-953-6523

Second Chance Transplant Support Group

A free support group for kidney, liver and pancreas transplant patients and their caregivers. The meetings are an open forum for discussing topics related to transplantation and recovery.

  • Thursdays
  • 11 a.m. – noon
  • Mayo Building, 3-002 North
  • Information: 904-956-3210

Stroke Sense Education Series

A monthly educational series for stroke survivors and their families.

  • Tuesdays
  • 11 a.m. – noon
  • Cannaday 1106
  • Information: 904-956-0085

Transplant Caregiver Support Group

A free support group for caregivers of transplant patients. The meetings are an open forum for discussing topics related to the caregiving experience.

  • Tuesdays
  • 11 a.m. – noon
  • Mayo Building, 3-501 South
  • Information: 904-956-3210
Apr. 07, 2014