Richard Cirello, MD

Family Medicine



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BA & Bachelor of Pharmacy:

Rutgers University, Newark, NJ


Universidad Guadalajara, Mexico


Mountainside/UHMC Hospital, Montclair, NJ


Mountainside/UHMC Hospital, Montclair, NJ

Board Certifications:

Family Practice

Hospital Affiliations:

Mountainside/UHMC Hospital, Montclair, NJ

RWJ Barnabas Health, Livingston, NJ

Academic Appointments:

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Practice

Accepts New Patients
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Dr. Richard Cirello Has Been Building Relationships with Patients for Decades

“The reality is that medicine, especially primary care, is a bit of a social science – unlike pathology where you look into a microscope and read what you see. To be an effective health care professional, you need insight into what people are like as individuals.”

Family medicine was Dr. Richard Cirello’s second career. His first career was in retail pharmacy, where he had a great deal of interaction with patients and doctors. Being a pharmacist gave him insight into the world of family medicine, and the respect he gained for family doctors was the impetus for him to return to medical school.

According to Dr. Cirello, he started out in a solo practice that over the years grew from a two- doctor office to a four-doctor office, which then became part of Vanguard Medical Group, a patient-centered medical home with six locations. Vanguard focuses on care for children, adults and seniors in Northern and Central New Jersey. “We have come a long way, but the thing I am the most proud of is that as a group, we offer comprehensive primary care where the patients come first,” states Dr. Cirello.

The staff takes a team-based approach to provide quality health care in the office and during home visits for those who can’t get to the office. As Dr. Cirello explains, “Our team provides general primary care to those with acute conditions and chronic conditions, as well as preventive care to keep people healthy.”

Dr. Cirello’s medical career has been robust and rewarding. “My personal philosophy is that a lot of life is about relationships. Over the years, I’ve cultivated a rapport with patients whom I’ve treated for generations – grandparents, children and parents in between. This is not unlike a friendship. Despite the fact that these connections have given me the insight to be a better doctor, they are relationships that I benefit from also; they have given me emotional growth,” he says.

Dr. Cirello is the school physician for Verona Public Schools, which includes its sports teams. When he is not at one of the town’s sporting events, you might find him practicing his swing and/or playing a friendly round of golf.

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The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our independent rating system, the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.

Nov 10, 2017

This was my routine blood pressure check. I've been coming here for years and seeing the same doctor. It was more like a chat; my numbers were good, how was I doing otherwise. We chatted for awhile, he checked me breathing, and that was that. I was happy with the care received; there wasn't much else to do.

Nov 07, 2017

have the utmost confidence in Dr Cerillo

Nov 02, 2017

*Dr. Cirello is excellent.

Oct 24, 2017

Love *Dr. Cirello. Professional yet very caring. Excellent.

Oct 14, 2017

Dr Cirello was very thorough. He took the time with me and provided outstanding diagnose and explanation of my sickness. I highly recommend Dr Cirello to my family and friends!

Oct 10, 2017

The best GP experience!!! *Love *Dr. Cirello!!

Oct 07, 2017

I've been a patient of Dr. Cirello since he left Mountainside and opened his practice in his Vome in Verona.

Oct 05, 2017

*Dr. Cirello is the only doctor I will see. He has been my GP for many years & I feel very at ease with him.

Sep 21, 2017

I have been a patient of Dr. Cirello's for 30 years. I am obviously pleased with the care I receive.

Sep 06, 2017

First time I meet Dr Cirillo in all the years I have been coming to Vanguard. I loved him!

Sep 02, 2017

Dr. Cirello is extraordinary - kind and brilliant!

Sep 01, 2017

Dr Cirello is wonderful!

Aug 31, 2017

Has been outstanding - I have had quarterly visits for diabetes type 2 - now under control due to *Dr. Cirello (last 3 yrs.).

Aug 22, 2017

Went for annul physical! I had to request a complete blood work: I wished this was part of the physical exam excellent provider!!

Aug 20, 2017

I have been with Dr. Cirello for a long time and have complete faith in him.

Aug 15, 2017

I'm very happy with the whole experience.

Aug 09, 2017

*Dr. Cirello was top notch!

Aug 09, 2017

Dr Cirillo always takes the time to listen to my concerns and discuss care or treatment options. He makes me feel comfortable and answers questions in a way I can easily understand.

Aug 04, 2017

I would recommend *Dr. Cirello to anyone for his excellent service, and knowledge.

Jul 31, 2017

*Dr. Richard Cirello is my physician for a long time. He is very caring & kind and he is a excellent physician. Highly recommended.