Treatment & Services
- Advanced Imaging Techniques
- Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC)
- Balloon-assisted Enteroscopy (Single and Double)
- Biliary And Pancreatic Stone Therapy
- Capsule Endoscopy
- Colonic Manometry
- 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
- Enteral Stent Placement
- Esophageal Band Ligation
- Esophageal Dilation
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Foreign Body Removal
- Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
- Gastrointestinal Exams
- Interventional Endoscopy
- Pancreaticobiliary Endoscopy
- Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
- Therapeutic Endoscopy
- Wireless Capsule Endoscopy
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
- General Gastroenterological Disorders
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Pancreatic Disease
- Pancreatic Stones
- Small Bowel Disease
- Stomach Cancer
- Strictures Of The Gi Tract
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Montefiore Hospital/Univ. Health Center of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA
Medical School - University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Rochester, NY USA
Undergraduate - University of Rochester
Rochester, NY USA
Graduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA
- Master of Public Health, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 2003
- American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Career Development Award, 2003
- Internal Medicine
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
- American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
- American Gastroenterological Association
- American College of Gastroenterology
- American College of Physicians
- Honorary Fellow, Gastroenterology Society of Ecuador
Research & Publications
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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.
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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80 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.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||5|
|Knows Medical History||4.9|
|Time Spent with Patient||5|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.9|
10 Patient Comments
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.
Reviewed on Sep 14, 2017
Dr. Vargo's team was amazing. It was my best experience with the Cleveland Clinic. His entire team was kind, caring and great at their job
Reviewed on Aug 28, 2017
Dr. Vargo had reviewed my somewhat extensive outside records in detail prior to my visit and was familiar with what went on. My son is a cardiologist and he was impressed with the advance preparation on the part of Dr. Vargo when I described it to him. Dr. Vargo took time to put my films up on his computer and go through them with me to explain what he thought was going on. At the end of the visit he outlined a plan for further testing and care. This doctor is someone special.
Reviewed on Aug 24, 2017
entire visit went very smoothly. All staff were proficient. Dr, Vargo and his nursing staff make you feel at ease as they keep you informed throughout. Everyone though busy ,takes the time to make you feel like your care is important to them.
Reviewed on Jul 24, 2017
Dr. Vargo made me feel very comfortable before/during/after procedure.
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