Our Founding Story
Why "IKONA" Health
A nod to our founders' Greek roots, ikona represents our vision for a future we aim to build together. We started this company to help patients face uncertainty. As a VA patient and two surgeons, our founders met from two sides of a shared struggle. Today, our multidisciplinary team of scientists, clinicians, educators and engineers are rethinking kidney education using a combination of learning science, storytelling and immersive technology.
Tim Fitzpatrick, CEO, Co-Founder
Tim spent his last eighteen months in the US Navy as a patient. After several surgeries, hundreds of wound care treatments and far too many months spent in isolation, he experienced hopelessness firsthand.
His journey through uncertainty is what he now draws upon to lead IKONA toward fulfilling its mission.
As a college-educated and extensively trained military officer, he still struggled to understand his health. The fact of the matter is health literacy is a real problem for tens of millions of people. The future of patient education must be personalized to each patient's unique needs. Tim started IKONA to build that future— where patients can learn through experience and make better decisions because of it.
Todd Maddox, PhD
Hillary Bekelis, NP
Chief Learning Scientist
Chris Chmieliewski, NP
Nephrology Nurse Practitioner
Caroline Webb, RN, BSN, CNN
Trish Richardson, MSN
Learning Program Development
Lead Software Engineer
Scientific Advisory Board
Our scientific advisors serve a vital role in our efforts to stay at the forefront of kidney health
Yolanda Becker, MD
Director of Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Surgery, U Chicago Medicine
Richard Wood, PhD
Executive Advisor, Complex Chronic Transformation at CVS Health
VP of Product, Florence Healthcare
Qasim Ali Butt, MD
Chief of Medicine, Interventional Nephrologist
Kimon Bekelis, MD
George Kakoulides, MD