Celinés Morales-Ribeiro, MD

Celinés Morales-Ribeiro, MD

Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

 Surgery can be overwhelming , therefore, I aspire to provide innovative, comprehensive and compassionate personalized care for patients undergoing general and bariatric surgery. My goal is to help patients achieve and assure lifelong success.  

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Primary Areas of Practice

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery

Other Areas of Practice

  • Bloodless Medicine


  • Adhesion Lysis
  • Appendectomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Foregut Surgery
  • Fundoplication
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Band Removal
  • Gastric Band to Gastric Bypass Conversion
  • Gastric Band to Gastric Sleeve Conversion
  • Gastric Bypass Reversal
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Gastric Sleeve to Gastric Bypass Conversion
  • Heller Myotomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Surgery, Diagnostic
  • Metabolic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Reflux Surgery
  • Revision Robotic Hernia (Ventral, Incisional, Inguinal, Hiatal) Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Small Bowel Surgery
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Weight Loss Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Appendicitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Cysts
  • Diabetes, Type 2
  • Diverticulitis
  • Esophageal Disease
  • Gall Stones
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastric Band Problems
  • Gastric Band Problems: Food Intolerance
  • Gastric Band Problems: Pain
  • Gastric Band Problems: Weight Gain
  • Gastric Band Slippage
  • Gastric Stenosis
  • Gastric Strictures
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
  • GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor)
  • Hepatobiliary Disease
  • Hernia, Abdominal
  • Hernia, Hiatal
  • Hernia, Incisional
  • Hernia, Inguinal
  • Hernia, Internal
  • Hernia, Paraesophageal
  • Hernia, Umbilical
  • Hernia, Ventral
  • Intestinal Stenosis
  • Intestinal Strictures
  • Lipomas
  • Malnutrition after Bariatric Surgery
  • Marginal Ulcers
  • Obesity
  • Obesity After Bariatric Surgery
  • Reflux
  • Reflux (GERD) After Gastric Sleeve Surgery
  • Weight Regain


  • Bariatric and General Surgery


    3196 Kennedy Boulevard Union City, NJ 07087

    Main: 201-608-2848
    Fax: 201-894-0093
    10:00 AM
    2:00 PM
  • Bariatric and General Surgery


    25 Rockwood Place Suite 120 Englewood, NJ 07631

    Main: 201-608-2848
    Fax: 201-894-0093
    9:00 AM
    5:00 PM
    9:00 AM
    5:00 PM


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Insurances Accepted

Below is a list of the insurance plans that your provider participates in. It is very important that you contact your insurance company prior to receiving services or care. Each health insurance plan is different and some provide different levels of coverage: only your health insurance plan can provide complete information regarding your coverage and potential out-of-pocket costs.

1199 (SEIU)

  • 1199 (SEIU)


  • Aetna Assure Premier Plus
  • Aetna FIDE-SNP
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicare Managed Care
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Medsolutions
  • Meritan Health


  • Amerigroup Medicaid
  • Amerivantage


  • AmeriHealth Administrator
  • AmeriHealth HMO
  • AmeriHealth PPO
  • Value Network (Exchange Plan)


  • APWU Health Plan


  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Supplemental
  • Great-West Healthcare (GWH)
  • Health Partners

Clover Health

  • Clover Medicare Advantage


  • CoreSource


  • CCN


  • EmblemHealth EPO
  • EmblemHealth EPO2
  • EmblemHealth FEHB
  • EmblemHealth FEHBP
  • EmblemHealth GHI CBP
  • EmblemHealth GHI PPO
  • EmblemHealth National
  • EmblemHealth PPO1
  • EmblemHealth PPO2
  • EmblemHealth PPO3
  • EmblemHealth Tri-State
  • Vytra

Empire BCBS

  • Blue Priority
  • Direct HMO
  • Direct PPO
  • Empire BCBS EPO
  • Empire BCBS GEPO
  • Empire BCBS HealthPlus Gatekeeper (prefix VFG)
  • Empire BCBS HealthPlus Gatekeeper (prefix VJD)
  • Empire BCBS HMO
  • Empire BCBS Indemnity
  • Empire BCBS Medicare Advantage
  • Empire BCBS POS
  • Empire BCBS PPO

Empire Plan (NYSHIP)

  • Empire Plan (NYSHIP)

First Health

  • First Health


  • GEHA Health Plan

Horizon BCBS

  • Federal Employee Program
  • Horizon BCBS Braven Health
  • Horizon BCBS EPO
  • Horizon BCBS HMO
  • Horizon BCBS Medicare Managed Care
  • Horizon BCBS PPO
  • NJ Carpenters Fund
  • OMNIA Tier 1
  • Traditional

Horizon NJ Health

  • Horizon NJ Health Medicaid
  • Horizon NJ TotalCare (D-SNP)


  • Local 825
  • MagnaCare PPO

Mail Handlers

  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)


  • Medicaid NJ


  • Medicare NJ


  • Beech Street
  • MultiPlan Humana
  • MultiPlan Worker's Comp
  • PHCS
  • Pomco

MVP Health Care

  • MVP Health Care PPO


  • NALC Health Benefit Plan

Nippon Life Insurance Co of America

  • Nippon Life Benefits


  • Freedom
  • Garden State Network
  • Liberty
  • Metro
  • Oxford Medicare


  • Choice Care
  • Oscar
  • QualCare EPO
  • QualCare FEHB
  • QualCare GHI PPO
  • QualCare HMO
  • QualCare Humana
  • QualCare PPO
  • QualCare Worker's Comp

Railroad Medicare

  • Railroad Medicare NJ

TRICARE North Region

  • DVA


  • UMR

United Healthcare Community and State

  • Dual Complete
  • UnitedHealthcare Community and State Medicaid (NJ FamilyCare)
  • UnitedHealthcare Community and State Medicare


  • AARP
  • Commercial and Marketplace
  • Compass Benefit (Exchange)
  • Medica
  • River Valley
  • UnitedHealthcare EPO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare POS
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare StudentResources


  • Wellcare Medicaid Managed Care
  • Wellcare Medicare Managed Care

About Celinés Morales-Ribeiro

Dr. Morales-Ribeiro is a board certified surgeon specializing in bariatric and general surgery. She received her MD at SUNY Buffalo College of Medicine and completed a residency and fellowship in bariatric surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Her clinical interests include weight loss surgery for the treatment of morbid obesity and metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that includes diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Dr. Morales-Ribeiro also has expertise in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

Dr. Morales-Ribeiro is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.

Honors & Awards

2019: Bergen Magazine Top Doctors

Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Fellow, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Committees and Leadership Positions

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)

Education & Degrees

MD: SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine


SUNY Upstate Medical University


SUNY Upstate Medical University, Bariatric Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery (American Board of Surgery)