We had the good fortune of connecting with Navid Ezra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Navid, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
I am the child of immigrant parents who moved to the United States for better opportunities for their children. As a young boy, my parents taught me to “think big” and told me “you can accomplish anything with hard work and discipline.” This has been the theme of my life and career. I initially started a single-provider dermatology office in Thousand Oaks, CA where I built up the patient base by spending time with each and every patient that walked in the door. I grew to know these patients from both a medical standpoint and also a personal outlook. Once the office was going in the right direction, I started other California Dermatology Institute locations throughout Ventura and Los Angeles County.
What should our readers know about your business?
In 2017, I established California Dermatology Institute, where I currently serve as the CEO and Chief Medical Director. In the beginning, the small dermatology office in Thousand Oaks, CA offered basic medical procedures. As business boomed, I soon added improved treatment options and made plans to open more facilities throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. As I researched where the greatest need for a dermatologist was, I began to notice an unsettling trend. The tristate area was riddled with patient populations who would have to travel hours outside their hometowns just to be treated by a dermatologist. It was particularly problematic for patients in desperate need of lifesaving skin cancer treatment and screening. Troubled by this statistic, I created a business model to work in underserved communities and truly help patients with poor access to dermatologic care.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
As I did my dermatology residency training in Indiana, I have a number of friends and colleagues who visit me from the Midwest. The weather is the main reason they make the trip…but I like to think they come for me. Haha. I love all the diversity in Southern California. So many ethnic restaurants to enjoy, adventures to go on, hikes to engage in; and at the end of the day, just take it easy with a glass of wine and conversation while enjoying a beautiful sunset. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents are the true reason for my success. Ever since a young age, I was given freedom to find my own path. I don’t recall ever being pressured to take up any particular stream of education…only to be the best at whatever I attempted. I felt completely supported in the process and encouraged to advance my knowledge in a variety of different areas.