Navigating the unknowns

We started this company to help patients face uncertainty. As a VA patient and two neurosurgeons, our founders sought to transform the patient experience using tools like virtual reality. Today, we are reinventing learning for patients and providers through our combination of neuroscience, storytelling and technology.

Our Purpose

To reinvent learning in kidney care— one experience at a time

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

Strategy Partner, Cleveland Clinic

Kimon Bekelis, MD

Co-Founder, Neurosurgeon

George Kakoulides, MD

Co-Founder, Neurosurgeon

Leadership Team

CEO, Co-Founder

Tim Fitzpatrick

Clinical Education

Hillary Bekelis, NP

Learning Science

Todd Maddox, PhD

Clinical Program Development

Trish Richardson, MSN

Nephrology Nurse Practitioner

Chris Chmielewski, NP

Kel O'Neill

Production & Storytelling

News and media


IKONA Receives $256,000 SBIR Phase I Grant Award from the National Science Foundation

September 18, 2020

Say Hello to IKONA:
The Startup Using VR to Improve Health Literacy, Starting with Dialysis

May 8, 2020

IKONA Awarded Patent For Its Augmented Reality-Based Pill Planner App For Managing Prescriptions

February 20, 2020


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