Welcoming Our Scientific Advisory Board

Posted by Tim Fitzpatrick on Mar 23, 2020 8:08:29 PM

As we reimagine the future of healthcare and think about the role that we at IKONA will play in shaping that vision, we cannot stem the tide of possibility.  We are constantly filled with an overwhelming rush of excitement and determination ― that we possess the team and tools necessary to bring about that reality.

We recently announced a number of new additions to IKONA’s Advisory Board, an entity that serves an invaluable purpose in guiding our approach to better serve patients, providers, and the healthcare industry at large. These are accomplished industry professionals and renowned experts in their respective domains.

Apart, they are an inspiring group with impressive accolades. Together, they become an integral part of IKONA’s DNA and raison d’etre. They hold the keys that will unlock our greatest potentials, and will ultimately make IKONA (and its CEO) better for it.

I’d like to introduce you to three of the people who are responsible for this feeling of optimism, who lead inspiring personal journeys themselves within healthcare, and who will be helping us navigate this road to a better healthcare education experience for all.

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Dr. Yolanda Becker Screenshot from 2020-02-27 09-53-24

Dr. Becker’s leadership and expertise in transplant surgery and education make her an invaluable addition to our team. Dr. Becker currently serves as Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgery and Director of Perioperative Surgical Services at the University of Chicago. She is also a Professor of Surgery and Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Program at U Chicago Medicine. Previously, Dr. Becker served as Education Committee Chair for the American Society of Transplantation and held numerous roles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including as Clinical Curriculum Director.

Dr. Becker’s expertise in transplantation and education aligns well with our roadmap as an education solutions provider serving the 37 million Americans with kidney disease who are facing complex and critical decisions about their treatment options. 

Richard Wood, PhD Screenshot from 2020-02-27 09-53-24

Rich is a passionate leader and experienced cross-functional problem solver with scientific expertise in metabolic health. He believes in science-based and data-driven approaches to improve the lives of those living with chronic metabolic disease. Rich is currently the Director of Clinical Education for Virta Health, a company using clinically-proven treatment to reverse type 2 diabetes in 100 million people by 2025. 

We could not be more fortunate or appreciative to have his experiences building a world class clinical education team and expertise in metabolic health, especially given that 75% of kidney failure cases are attributed to two main causes: diabetes and high blood pressure.

Marc Leighton Screenshot from 2020-02-27 09-53-24

Marc is a proven healthcare leader with a track record of influencing cross-functional stakeholders and delivering value to customers and teams in complex organizations. He has a diverse background in strategy and growth, global product management (software and devices), revenue cycle operations, management consulting, and digital transformation. Prior to his current role leading strategy initiatives at Cleveland Clinic, Marc served as Global Director of Education Solutions at GE Healthcare.

Marc’s insights into the needs of industry-leading health systems and healthcare organizations will continue to help us grow and support the complex needs of the enterprise healthcare ecosystem.

Stay tuned

It takes a village and untold patience to earn the changes we want to see in this world. We will continue to surround ourselves with like-minded, passionate team players seeking to reinvent education in healthcare — one experience at a time.

Learn more about our mission at ikona.health.


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