Nadia Kiderman is the chief executive officer of the Physicians Network Group. By trade, she is a dentist, but professionally she practices as a healthcare entrepreneur. Her passion for helping others led her to having an interest in the healthcare sector. After practicing dentistry for some time, Dr. Kiderman transitioned into expert witness work.
In her work as an expert witness, Nadia worked alongside one of the nation’s most well-respected medical malpractice attorneys. Dr. Kiderman received her DDS degree from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in 1987. She conducted her rotations in maxillofacial surgery at the Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. She completed her residency at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where she delivered clinical care to patients with an array of different medical conditions.
Nadia later joined a private practice in general and cosmetic dentistry giving her the chance to diagnose and provide clinical care to patients. She also worked at the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in NYC; a hospital for adults and children with developmental disabilities.
At Physicians Network Group, Dr. Kiderman works in conjunction with hospitals, physicians, social workers and discharge planners in different hospitals and long-term nursing home facilities. Her aim is to achieve the highest quality of care for patients – which has served as her foremost motivation through all of her years in the healthcare field.
In addition to her career in healthcare, Nadia is a dedicated community activist and a prolific writer. She’s a regular contributor to the Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post, where she writes about Israel, Jewish life, current events and issues she’s most passionate about. She resides in NYC.
Where did the idea for Physicians Network Group come from?
I created Physicians Network Group initially in order to help provide a platform for there to be clearer communication between hospitals, nursing homes and medical professionals. My objective from the outset was to achieve the highest quality of care for patients. Ultimately, that’s the same motivating factor that led me to pursuing a career in medicine in the first place.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I start my day at around 5:30 AM with a work-out in the gym. It helps me collect my thoughts and provide structure for my day. I then get a big breakfast in, while catching up on the news of the day. Work for me can vary day to day; as does the scope and intensity of it. But ensuring my days are productive is something very important to me.
How do you bring ideas to life?
A combination of research and tenacity. Over the course of my professional life, I’ve encountered many entrepreneurs and creative professionals who have had amazing ideas. Yet those ideas never ended up developing because they were never executed upon. Having the confidence to execute on one’s novel ideas and concepts can be frightening at times; but it’s the only way to get the job done.
What’s one trend that excites you?
The renewed emphasis on healthy living. Health and wellness matters. So pleased to start seeing it being prioritized in a way it never has been before.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I count my blessings. It may sound cheesy to some; but it is so important to be grounded. When you’re working in the busiest city in the world, it’s easy to lose one’s perspective, with all the chaos going on around you. Not taking anything for granted – including the health of family members and friends, is so important.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Patience and understanding are key components to growing as an entrepreneur and a person.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Challenging the status quo is the way to succeed in business. It’s a principle that can also be applied to one’s academic pursuits as well.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Introspection. As I touched on in my answer to one of your previous questions, I believe it’s incredibly important for entrepreneurs especially, to never lose sight of what’s most important in life. Especially when you’re moving 100mph, that can be especially difficult! That’s why I find it very healthy to constantly reflect on one’s days, months, years and lives!
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
I’ve always treated associates, colleagues and employees with the respect they deserve. As the famous quote goes: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
Treat other people with the concern and kindness you would like them to show toward you. Besides for being the right thing to do; it is something that will pay dividends for your business in the long-term.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Just like anyone else, I’ve had a number of challenges that I’ve had to overcome. The key is to never quit; and to always fight on.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
There’s no substitute for hard work!
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I made a modest but meaningful donation to our amazing first-responders and healthcare workers. Those protecting us on the front-lines of this catastrophe deserve our support, recognition and respect. In fact, the highlight of my days since this tragedy began, have been the 7 PM cheers that all NYC residents have been partaking in, to recognize the amazing workers sacrificing so much to help fight back and mitigate this horrible situation.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Linkedin. Networking has always been a skill that I’ve excelled at. But there’s no question that having access to a program like Linkedin makes networking far easier, and even exciting!
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
“How To Fight Anti-Semitism” by Bari Weiss is the most recent book I’ve read. As a proud Jew who escaped Soviet Russia for the land of the free, I have been alarmed by the rise of anti-Semitism in the country I’m proud to call home. Bari does an outstanding job of laying out the true sources of this bigotry; the various ways its manifested itself; and the most effective ways we as a community can combat it.
What is your favorite quote?
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
It’s a quote by Albert Einstein and I think there’s so much to extrapolate from it. In the end of the day, we are living in an economy where creativity is prized over all else. The best ideas come from creative minds that have dreams that they then act upon.
- Integrity matters more-so than anything else.
- Treat people with the respect that you’d like others to show you. No matter where on the totem pole that person might be; they deserve it.
- It’s healthy to slow down at times. Stay grounded. Especially in an entrepreneurial environment, it’s sometimes hard to appreciate what truly matters when you get caught-up in your business’ day-to-day.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.