Department Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.7000
Desk:
216.444.6521
Fax:
216.444.6284
Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Advanced Imaging Techniques
  • Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC)
  • Balloon-assisted Enteroscopy (Single and Double)
  • Biliary And Pancreatic Stone Therapy
  • Cancer Center
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Colonic Manometry
  • Colonoscopy
  • Deep Enteroscopy
  • Diagnostic Endoscopy
  • Double Balloon Enteroscopy
  • Endoscopic Cancer Therapy
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Ablative and Resection Techniques
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
  • Endoscopic Therapy Of Anastamotic And Crohn's Disease Strictures
  • Endoscopic Treatment Of Strictures
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound-guided Celiac Block
  • Endoscopy
  • Enteral Stent Placement
  • Esophageal Band Ligation
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal Exams
  • Interventional Endoscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Pancreaticobiliary Endoscopy
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Stents
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Wireless Capsule Endoscopy
View all 34 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Bile Duct Diseases
  • Bile Duct Obstruction
  • Bile Duct Stones
  • Colon Polyps
  • Diseases of the Liver Biliary Tract and Pancreas
  • Duodenal Polyps
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gallbladder & Biliary Tract Disease
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallstones
  • General Gastroenterological Disorders
  • Heartburn
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Disease
  • Pancreatic Stones
  • Pancreatitis
  • Small Bowel Disease
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Strictures Of The Gi Tract
View all 21 Specialties +
Insurance

Insurance

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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1994

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Gastroenterology
Cleveland, OH USA
1990

Residency - Montefiore Hospital/Univ. Health Center of Pittsburgh
Internal Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA USA
1988

Medical School - University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
MD
Rochester, NY USA
1985

Undergraduate - University of Rochester
Biology
Rochester, NY USA
1981

Graduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Additional Training

  • Master of Public Health, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 2003

Professional Highlights

  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Career Development Award, 2003

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

advanced endoscopy, advanced imaging techniques, biliary tract disease, Capsule Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, CRCP, deep enteroscopy, deep enteroscopy and interventional endoscopy, Diagnostic and therapeutic EGD (upper endoscopy) and colonoscopy, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, diagnostic/therapeutic endoscopy, diseases of the small bowel, double balloon enteroscopy, Double Balloon Enteroscopy i.e DBE ( Antegrade & Retrograde ) and Wireless Capsule Endoscopy, EMR, endoscopic mucosal ablative and resection techniques, Endoscopic Ultrasonography, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endoscopy, Endoscopic cancer therapy, ERCP, Esophageal Cancer, EUS, gastrointestinal endoscopy, general gastroenterology, Pancreatic Cancer, pancreatic disorders, pancreaticobiliary endoscopy, Pancreatitis, stenting, therapeutic endoscopy, Therapeutic endoscopy including difficult colonoscopy and polypectomy

Awards & Honors

  • University of Rochester Alumni Scholarship, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., 1977-1981
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., 1980 
  • Nominated for application, Cecil Rhodes Scholarship, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., 1980
  • Marshal, commencement exercises, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., 1981
  • BA, summa cum laude, University of Rochester, 1981
  • Health Professions Scholarship, United States Navy, 1982-1985
  • Certificate of Merit, American College of Physicians, 1993
  • Letter of Commendation, Office of the Attending Physician, United States Capitol, 1994
  • United States Navy Commendation Medal, 1994
  • Poster of Distinction Award, Digestive Disease  Week for “Nasopharyngeal Versus Transcutaneous Monitoring During ERCP,” 1998
  • Poster of Distinction Award, Digestive Disease  Week for “Gastroenterologist-Administered Propofol for Therapeutic Upper Endoscopy,” 1999
  • Poster of Distinction Award, Digestive Disease  Week for “Graphic Display of Respiratory Activity is Superior to Pulse Oximetry and Visual Assessment in the Detection of Respiratory Compromise During Therapeutic Upper Endoscopy,” 1999
  • Reviewer citation, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 1999
  • Recognized for editorial excellence, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2001
  • Teacher of the Year, Department of Gastroenterology, 2002

Innovations & Patents

  • Use of capnography for patient monitoring during gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Use of computer-assisted propofol sedation for gastrointestinal endoscopy

Memberships

  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American College of Physicians
  • Honorary Fellow, Gastroenterology Society of Ecuador
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/30/2018, Dr. Vargo has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

81 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

13 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2018

Dr. Vargo has provided exceptional care. I can't thank him enough for taking the time to help me with my health problem.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2018

After dealing with a medical problem for 22 years that no doctor in WV could explain, Dr Vargo went over my medical records and found the issue and set a plan of action. EXTREMELY pleased not only with his concern for my problem but made me feel valued as a patient. I have never been thanked by a Doctor for my time, until I saw Dr Vargo! I will comtinue to make the 5 hour drive to see him! Best Gastro I have ever seen.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

Dr. Vargo is exactly who I was looking for tohelp me with my health issues. He is invested in helping me figure out my issues and developed a plan.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

It appears that Dr. Vargo does not operate on Thursday, Friday or Monday for out-patient patients. Not much room for a guy who travels every week. Hopefully this will be my last visit.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

I am the luckiest person in the world to have found such an outstanding , caring doctor. I know I am in great hands with my health with Dr. Vargo. Dr. Vargo has a very good way of speaking g to his patients .

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2018

doctor Vargo was awesome he explained everything to me made me feel very comfortable

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2018

I was highly impressed by Dr. Vargo and his Office Personnel. In fact, I found everyone at Cleveland Clinic (from Valet, Office Personnel, Lab Technicians to Dr, Vargo) to be helpful, courteous and pleasant. I was glad I visited Cleveland Clinic regarding my health issue.

Reviewed on May 4, 2018

Dr Vargo and his team could not have been more professional, thorough, empathetic and kind. it was a wonderful experience.

Reviewed on May 4, 2018

The surgical team was amazing. Dr Vargo understood that I had some previous issues and he customized the procedure for me to ensure that he got a good look during my colonoscopy while ensuring my comfort. He used a pediatric scope to get further up and used a different kind of gas and water procedure. He set a tone that was really warm and comforting. The anesthesiologist assistant who handled me was great. He made fun conversation and put me to sleep very slowly. it was the best anesthesiology I had because the time when I was going to sleep was so relaxed and gradual.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2018

Since this was the first time I had an appointment at the Main Campus, I was very impressed with the organization, respect, and punctuality. Dr. Vargo was awesome and put me at ease about my condition.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2018

Dr Vargo has been my wife's gastroenterology for the entire time he has been with CCF. He has always taken excellent care of her. I need to be checked for stomach and other issues and he is top notch. He is a strong leader in the procedure room and everyone I spoke with had deep and genuine confidence and respect concerning him. That includes me. I will always request him as will my wife.Ccf is lucky to have someone like him.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2018

Dr Vargo personally called the evening of my procedure to explain what he had found due to the fact I was just coming out of anesthesia and they had not brought my wife back before he had to perform his next procedure. You can't ask for more than that

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2018

Dr. John Vargo has been incredible throughout my entire Cleveland Clinic experience.

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