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Robert Bell
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  • Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery
  • General Surgery
Accepting new patients


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Berkeley Heights Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery

1 Diamond Hill Road
Bensley Pavilion, 4th floor
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
United States

Clinical Expertise

  • Abdominal wall hernia repairs
  • Abscess excision
  • Adjustable gastric band
  • Appendectomy
  • Appendix surgery
  • Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Benign breast conditions
  • Biliopancreatic diversion
  • Breast abcess
  • Breast cyst aspiration
  • Breast cysts
  • Breast lumps
  • Breast mass
  • Breast nodule
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Colon resection
  • Cyst excision
  • Diabetes
  • Diet
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Duodenal switch
  • Endoscopic treatment of gastric diseases
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Esophageal motility problems
  • Esophageal tumors
  • Excess BMI
  • Excess weight
  • Fat
  • Gallbladder cancer / carcinoma
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Gastric banding
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Gastro esophageal reflux surgery
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeon
  • High blood sugar
  • Hypertension
  • Laparendoscopic Surgeon
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery
  • Laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy
  • Laparoscopic techniques
  • Laparotomy
  • Lipid abnormality
  • Lipoma excision
  • Malabsorption
  • Malignant breast conditions
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Morbid obesity
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Reflux disease
  • Restriction
  • Sleep Apnea Surgery
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Spleen surgery
  • Splenectomy
  • Stomach stapling
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Vertical banded gastroplasty
  • Weight loss

Accepted Insurances

Always check with your health insurance carrier before scheduling any type of service. You can learn the details of your individual health insurance plan, including the amount of your copay, deductible, and coinsurance by visiting your health insurance company's website or by calling their customer service department. Click here to review our list of accepted insurance plans.

  • Aetna Medicare PrimeAetna Signature Administrators
  • HMO
  • Meritain
  • Open Access
  • POS
  • AHS - SMG is Tier 1
  • APCN - Aetna Premier Choice Network
  • Axcel Choice POS II
  • Axcel Open Access
  • Choice POS II
  • EPO Select
  • HNO - Health Network Option
  • Liberty - SMG is Tier 1
  • Medicare Advantage - HMO, PPO
  • Choice
  • PPO
  • Signature PPO
  • Assure Premier Plus
  • EPO
  • PPO
  • HMO
  • POS
  • Open Access
  • Open Access Plus
  • Local Value
  • Tiered Advantage
  • Advantage
  • HMO Plus
  • POS Plus
  • Regional Preferred
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Horizon BCBS NJ
  • Empire/Anthem BCBS PPO
  • Federal Program
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Out-of-State BCBS PPO Blue Card
  • PPO
  • HMO
  • Open Access
  • Cigna Health Plan (CHP)
  • Choice Fund
  • Indemnity
  • International
  • Open Access Plus
CHN - Consumer Health Network
Clover Medicare Advantage
  • All Plans
Coventry Health Plans
First Health
  • All Plans with First Health Logo
Humana Medicare Advantage
  • PPO
  • Traditional Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Medicare Supplemental Plans
  • Medicare Advantage PPO
  • All plans PPO
  • Multiplan/PHCS logo on card - PPO
Oxford Healthplan
  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Qualcare logo on card
  • OSCAR NJ Individual and Family Plan
  • Qualcare logo on card
  • PPO
  • EPO
  • Community Care Network
  • Emblem Health (with Qualcare logo)
  • HIP Prime (with Qualcare logo)
  • Traditional Plan
United Healthcare
  • AARP Medicare Complete - HMO, PPOChoice
  • Choice Plus
  • HMO
  • Navigate - EPO, HMO, POS
  • PPO

Training and Education

Board Certification

  • Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Medical School

  • With Honors, Texas A & M University Health Science Center College of Medicine, Temple, TX


  • Biology, Baylor University, Waco, TX


  • Biology, Baylor University, Waco, TX

  • General Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine / Yale - New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT


  • Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

About Me

Robert Bell, MD, MA, FACS, has expertise in bariatric surgery for morbid obesity. Dr. Bell also specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease, gallbladder disease, esophageal motility problems, abdominal wall hernia repairs, and other gastrointestinal (GI) problems. A leader in bariatric surgery and minimally invasive surgery, he is among few surgeons in the New York metropolitan area who perform revisionary (corrective) obesity surgeries. In addition to his position at Summit Health, Dr. Bell is Associate Professor of Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. Before joining Summit Health, Dr. Bell was Founder and Medical Director of the Yale - New Haven Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program and Medical Director of the Yale - New Haven Hospital Minimally Invasive Surgery Program. To his credit, Dr. Bell also established and has been Director of the Yale Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Program.

Dr. Bell is a member of the Society of Laparendoscopic Surgeons Bariatrics Interest Group Committee, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Research Committee, and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Communications Committee. He is a fellow of American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and American College of Surgeons and he is a member of the Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Association for Academic Surgery, New England Surgical Society, Connecticut State Medical Society, Society of University Surgeons, and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Bell is the author or coauthor of articles, abstracts, and book chapters primarily devoted to bariatric surgery and minimally invasive surgery. His articles and abstracts are published in prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Journal of the American College of Surgery, Obesity Surgery, Critical Care Medicine, and Surgical Endoscopy. He is an ad hoc reviewer for Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and Journal of the American Medical Association, to name a few. In addition, Dr. Bell has been featured in videos demonstrating laparoscopic and endoscopic techniques that have been presented to the American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Bell has delivered local, regional, national, and international invited presentations in his field.

"I am passionate about improving the quality of life for people who are morbidly obese and unable to lose weight with diet and exercise," says Dr. Bell. "It's also gratifying to help patients with reflux disease, hernias, gallbladder disease, and intestinal problems through minimally invasive techniques," he adds.

Dr. Bell is the recipient of more than 18 academic honors and awards, including the Yale University School of Medicine Outstanding Surgical Teacher Award and Edward H. Storer, MD, Award for Excellence in Surgical Teaching. Dr. Bell graduated first in his medical school class. He is a Texas A & M University College of Medicine Gathwright Scholar.

Click here to register for Dr. Bell's Considering Weight Loss Surgery Virtual Seminar


Hospital Affiliations

  • Overlook Medical Center
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center
  • Morristown Medical Center

Awards and Honors

  • Top Doctors 2020
  • Top Doctors 2018
  • NJ Top Docs 2017

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