People helping people.
Inspired by our own stories, our mission is to use the power of shared experiences to provide relief to patients and families navigating rare and complex conditions.

We see a future where any patient, at any stage, of any condition, has immediate access to exceptional guidance on the best personalized actions to take at that point in time.
Our story
When co-founder Nasha Fitter’s youngest daughter was diagnosed with the rare disease FOXG1 syndrome, Nasha quickly learned that despite access to great care there was little to no information about the disease or how to navigate it, and not a single therapy on the market. She launched a nonprofit organization to address this gap and quickly found that access to rich clinical information was the biggest gap in advancing research for a cure. 

In 2017, Farid co-founded a company, Ciitizen, where the goal was to build a platform that allowed cancer patients seamless access to their data. When Nasha joined the company in 2018 and helped evolve its focus into rare disease, it became clear that this unique approach could unlock key clinical data and build a patient community that could fundamentally shift care for patients with rare diseases while accelerating cures.

In 2023, Nasha and Farid co-founded Citizen Health to fundamentally flip the system on its head: empowering patients to drive their care and research through their own health data and accelerate treatments for those who need it most. 
Our team
We are a mission driven team of builders, rare disease advocates, clinicians, engineers and scientists united around an audacious vision. Our seasoned founding team has a history of successful exits in healthcare and consumer startups with a relentless passion to improve the lives of the patients and families we serve. 
Farid Vij
Co-Founder, CEO
Nasha Fitter
Co-Founder, Chief Business Officer
Deven McGraw
Chief Regulatory Officer
David Fisch
Community Platform
Lin Wan
Data Platform
Elli Brimble
Clinical Strategy
Sarah Gesior
Lauren Flickinger
Thomas Corcoran
Machine Learning
Kate Haldeman
Join our team
Our principles
Work for the patients
Not for the systems that serve them.
Fearlessly build the future with urgency
Don’t incrementally improve the status quo.
The future is built by the doers
Good ideas alone will not change the world.
Speed is of the essence
But we need robust technology to scale and succeed.
Life is hard enough
Let’s never make it any harder for our community.
Connecting patients,
accelerating cures.
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