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

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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.

May 27, 2017


May 19, 2017

Dr. Cirello has been my physician for years. he is knowledgeable and calm.

May 18, 2017

Dr. Ciriello is the most expertise and caring doctor I've seen in a long time.

May 16, 2017

I was nervous about being given a new antibiotic I never tried, due to my allergy to penicillin. I called the office later out of concern, and *Dr. Cirello called me back quickly and took the time to talk to me and answer all questions. Greatly appreciated!

May 15, 2017


May 10, 2017

I recommend Dr. Cirello to family and friends

May 01, 2017


Apr 30, 2017

Questions 5 & 6 do not apply as I was there for the second half of my yearly physical. I was with Dr. Cirello who I have seen quite a few times in the 16/17 last years as he is a very good Doctor.

Apr 29, 2017

Dr. Cirello is the best!! A great doctor and very caring and concerned about patient.

Apr 18, 2017

*Dr. Cirello is the best! Make you feel at ease and less stressful at a doctor's office & have been seeing him a number of years & very confidence of his advice and care!

Apr 05, 2017

Dr. Cirello is an outstanding doctor. THE BEST......

Apr 01, 2017

I've been going to *Dr. Cirello since 1999 & he's always listened to me & fully discussed any/all concerns either of us had about my health conditions.

Mar 25, 2017

Vanguard Medical provides an excellent service for this community.

Mar 17, 2017

Dr. Cirello is an excellent Doctor

Mar 17, 2017

It is always informative and a pleasure to visit Dr. Cirello.

Mar 08, 2017

*Dr. Cirello is great! *Elise Stern is great!

Mar 06, 2017

*Cirello = the best.

Jan 19, 2017

Took time to listen and recommend further action.

Jan 15, 2017

Very Good!

Jan 11, 2017

was prescribed an antibiotic that had a major drug interaction with another drug I take for my asthma. The asthma drug prescription originated from your practice. After taking medications for 48 hours, was having sugar shakes (high glucose) after eating lunch, my pulse was pounding (high blood pressure) and I was feeling off.