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Bergen Laparoscopy &
Bariatrics Associates, LLC

97 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ 07631

Phone : 201-227-5533
Fax : 201-227-5537
Email : Click Here To Email Us

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Office Hours
Monday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday to Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm

Affiliated with
  • Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
  • Holy Name Medical Center
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About Us


Bergen Bariatric and Laparoscopic Associates was created with a dedication to minimally invasive surgery and specifically laparoscopic weight loss surgery. Drs. Ibrahim and Strain have had extensive experience and training in this field and remain active members in the evolving field of minimally invasive weight loss surgery.


To provide personalized and comprehensive care to the morbidly obese in our community with attention to the continuing evolution and treatment of not only the surgical but the medical, physical and psychosocial components of obesity.


Surgeons are active members of multiple medical societies including:

  • Fellows of the American College of Surgeons
  • Board Certified by the American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Bariatric Surgeons
  • Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Voted one of New Jersey’s "Top Docs" for obesity and minimally invasive surgery.

Our Staff

Ibrahim M. Ibrahim, MD FACS

Ibrahim M. Ibrahim was graduated from NYU Medical School in 1966. He underwent his surgery residency and vascular fellowship at NYU. Since then he has been in private practice at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Ibrahim is one of the pioneers in minimally invasive surgery in Northern New Jersey. He became interested in laparoscopic bariatric surgery when the tremendous benefits this modality offers to the obese population became evident. He is a national and international instructor in minimally invasive surgery and Head of the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence at Englewood Hospital.

Dr. Ibrahim is a long standing member of ASMBS and SAGES, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. He is board certified in General and Vascular Surgery and voted one of New Jersey’s Top Docs for Obesity and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Dr. Ibrahim has authored and co-authored over 100 articles, movies, videos and lectures.

"I believe every patient needs and should get the personal attention they deserve.
With weight loss surgery we make lifelong commitments to our patients.
We become friends for life."

Jeffrey W. Strain, MD FACS

Dr. Strain completed both medical school and residency in Cleveland Ohio at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. Upon completion of his residency in General Surgery, he undertook a fellowship "down under" in Perth Australia in Endocrine Surgery. He returned to the United States where he was a clinical fellow in laparoscopic colorectal surgery at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine with Dr. Jeffrey Milsom. This was followed by additional training in Bariatric Surgery in Illinois. Dr. Strain has spent the last decade devoting his practice to minimally invasive and Bariatric Surgery. He has a strong interest in metabolic and revisional weight loss surgery. With an extensive experience with the lap band, the laparoscopic gastric bypass and the laparoscopic sleeve Gastrectomy, he strives to work with patients to find the best available operations to meet their needs. He is proud to offer a comprehensive program for surgical weight loss at a Bariatric Center of Excellence.

Dr. Celinés Morales-Ribeiro, MD

Dr. Celinés Morales-Ribeiro completed Medical School at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She completed her General Surgery residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse NY. It was during her residency that she developed an interest in laparoscopic surgery and the study of bariatrics. After completing her residency, Dr. Morales Ribeiro then completed a Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Dr. Morales-Ribeiro joins Bergen Laparoscopic & Bariatric Associates LLC Dr. Morales-Ribeiro is excited to be joining the practice and providing innovative, comprehensive, compassionate care for patients undergoing general and bariatric surgery. Her goal is to help patients achieve and assure lifelong success.

In addition to bariatric surgery, Dr. Morales also provides minimally invasive laparoscopic general surgery care.

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Siendo de familia Puertoriquena, Dr. Morales-Ribeiro esta muy orgullosa de su cultura y esta dispuesta apoyar su comunidad Latina.

Lana Leybman, RN

Lana has been the nurse for Bergen Laparoscopic and Bariatric Associates for over 12 years. She is dedicated to providing quality service to all of our patients. She provides a gentle and personal touch to everyone she comes in contact with in the office. She looks forward to speaking with you.

Darian McLeod, Office Manager

Our goal at the center is to provide excellent surgical care with courteous professional service. We strongly believe that each morbidly obese patient deserves a chance for a healthier and more enjoyable life.

Our mission is to help every patient that walks through our door to reach this goal, even if surgery is not an option.

Mission statement: "We treat all our patients the way we would like to be treated, we are all patients at one point"

Joanne Aaron, Bariatric Coordinator

Joanne joins Bergen Laparoscopic and Bariatric Associates with a commitment to making sure that patients journey to weight loss surgery is as stress free as possible. She has been in the healthcare field for over 10 years and is looking forward to seeing our patients as they transform into their new "healthier" selves.

Suzanne Yachechak, R.D.

Suzanne is the nutritionist with the Bergen Laparoscopy and Bariatric Associates.

Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association, 35 years experience counseling patients for weight loss/weight management and other health issues (Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, Digestive Disorders, Eating Disorders, Otosclerosis).

Working in conjunction with the doctors and the psychologist, Suzanne provides the nutritional evaluation and counseling for the patients (candidates) in all stages of the bariatric process. Her work both complements and supplements the surgery itself by educating the patients in the behavioral and dietary changes necessary for long term weight management.

She is also available for counseling in non-bariatric health and weight issues.