To launch ten million personalized kidney education journeys  by 2030

1 in 3 US adults is at risk of developing kidney disease.

It's time people had a reliable way to access, understand, and use vital information about their health that makes a difference in their lives.

Patients and their care teams need education. IKONA makes it possible.


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's story

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.


Tim Fitzpatrick

CEO, Co-Founder

Chris Chmieliewski, NP

Nephrology Nurse Practitioner

Rory Mitchell

Content Production

Todd Maddox, PhD

Chief Learning Scientist

Caroline Webb, RN, BSN, CNN

Nephrology Nurse

Kel O'Neill

Content Production

Hillary Bekelis, NP

Clinical Education

Trish Richardson, MSN

Learning Program Development

Blaz Blokar

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

Marc Leighton

VP of Product, Florence Healthcare

Qasim Ali Butt, MD

Chief of Medicine, Interventional Nephrologist

Kimon Bekelis, MD

Co-Founder, Neurosurgeon

George Kakoulides, MD

Co-Founder, Neurosurgeon

Research Partners

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