The Showcase Magazine - Salutes

By Sue Baldani

Watchung Pediatrics has brought two new physicians on board. Dr. Kandy Bahadur works primarily in the Millburn office, while Dr. Alexander Marcus works in the Warren office.

As a child, Dr. Kandy Bahadur came to the United States from Guyana in South America, where she explains, there wasn’t a lot of preventative care and if there were vaccines, there wasn’t any kind of schedule for them.

“At first, my parents were averse to much of the anticipatory guidance that my pediatrician in New Jersey relayed because it wasn’t what they were used to,” she says. “But he took the time to explain it to them and was really patient. They began to really admire him, and I grew up with that same admiration.”

Dr. Bahadur knew she wanted to be a doctor and go into pediatrics because of him and shadowed him a few times when she was in college.

“Being able to follow families over time and seeing the child grow and flourish and being a part of that process is very rewarding,” she says. “I believe in working with families in shared decision making to provide the most optimal health outcomes.”

Dr. Bahadur started with Watchung Pediatrics in August. She loves that they have a multidisciplinary team that includes a dietician. She likes to focus on nutrition and how it plays a role in preventative health.

She feels that having her own children has made her a much better doctor. “I can relate more to my patients and their families. A lot of pediatrics is not just textbook answers, which is what I learned when I had my first child.”

Dr. Alexander Marcus started with Watchung Pediatrics in September after 20 years of pediatric experience. He always knew he wanted to be a doctor from a very young age.

“I was always interested in the scientific fields, and my dad was also a physician,” he says.

After his medical school rotation in pediatrics, he knew he had found his calling. "Many children and their parents are nervous coming to the doctor's office. I enjoy finding creative ways to reassure the families so that the visit goes well.

It's a privilege to watch children grow from infancy to young adulthood and to share this journey with their families. I feel like I'm helping people and making a positive impact in their lives."

Having a daughter of his own, who is now 8, was an eye-opening experience.

“It clearly adds another perspective and sometimes might modify the advice I give parents, because you realize there is the book advice but also practical advice,” he says.

Dr. Marcus believes that spending time together as a family and allowing a child free time is critical to his or her well-being.

"Encouraging children to try different activities is good, but it's important to find the balance,” he says. “Let kids be kids. Let them explore."