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Karen Vargo, MD

216.986.4000

Karen Vargo, MD

Appointed: 1999

Karen Vargo, MD
Department: Community Pediatrics
Location: Independence Family Health Center
Mail Code IN20
5001 Rockside Road
Independence, OH 44131
WorkAppointment:216.986.4000
WorkFax:216.986.4920
Karen Vargo, MD
Department: General Pediatrics
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code IN20
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.986.4000
WorkFax:216.986.4920
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Children & Adolescents Only

Biographical Sketch

Karen S. Vargo, MD, is Staff Pediatrician for Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Department of General Pediatrics. In addition to her clinical appointment, Dr. Vargo is actively involved with Cleveland Clinic’s Fit Youth Family Weight Management Program, which is a 12-week family weight management program for parents and their children ages 7 to 18. It is designed to help families embrace healthier eating habits, improve fitness, and better manage stress.

Dr. Vargo is board certified in general pediatrics as well as adolescent medicine. She completed an undergraduate degree in nursing at The Ohio State University in Columbus, and she earned her medical degree from Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. Her post-graduate training includes a pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Vargo is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Society for Adolescent Medicine, and the Academy for Eating Disorders. She has contributed research abstracts and presentations at a number of professional association meetings.

Her specialty interests include adolescent medicine, menstrual disorders, eating disorders, obesity, acne and other dermatologic problems.

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Pediatrics
Pittsburgh, PA USA
1990
Internship - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Pediatrics
Pittsburgh, PA USA
1988
Medical School - Medical College of Ohio at Toledo
Toledo, OH USA
1987
Undergraduate - The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH USA
1979

Certifications

  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics- Adolescent Medicine

Specialty Interests

General pediatrics, newborn care, adolescent medicine, menstrual disorders, acne, dermatologic problems, infectious diseases, asthma, respiratory infections, obesity, eating disorders

Awards & Honors

Top Physicians, Cleveland magazine

Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society for Adolescent Medicine
  • North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
  • Academy for Eating Disorders

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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