Dr. Ann Chokas
Dr. Ann Chokas is the founder of Life4ward. Her mission is to inspire people living with chronic kidney disease and transitioning to dialysis, on dialysis, or have had a kidney transplant to lead the healthiest and happiest life possible. Ann is a trained scientist and business professional. She received her master’s degree in Neuroscience from New York University and her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Florida and was awarded an NRSA postdoctoral fellowship for her research at the University of Pennsylvania. For the past decade, she has held leadership positions in the biotechnology and healthcare diagnostics industries.
Her desire to help people with chronic kidney disease and their caregivers came from her own personal experience. Her father, a respected physician, professor, and director of critical care developed chronic kidney disease and transitioned to dialysis later in life. Once on dialysis, he continued his passion for knowledge and continually collaborated with Ann to keep abreast of the latest information on the disease and regularly monitor his blood test results. The CKD Insider Newsletter and the One Track Health mobile application were born out of this desire to share knowledge and help save patients and their caregivers time by enabling quick access to relevant information on disease management. Ann received a Kidney X Patient Innovator Challenge award jointly run by NKF, ASN, HHS, and funded by NKF for the development of the One Track Health mobile application.