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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

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 +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

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

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

Undergraduate - University of Rochester
Rochester, NY USA

Graduate School - 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


  • 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


  • 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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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 12/9/2018, 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

134 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

33 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Dr. Vargo is excellent.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

One of my best experiences with health care provider.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Dr. Vargo was even better than I had heard.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

dr was amazing!

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Dr VArgo was very caring and took his time with me! Very pleased with everyone at your facility!

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

What an awesome and authentic person the doctor was! Loved his care and concern and how well he explained everything.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

Dr. called me at home, I have never had that happen before.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

*Dr. Vargo is one of the best doctors I've ever seen. He is always knowledgeable, professional, & caring. His bedside manner is impeccable! I would highly recommend him!

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

I have never been treated better by a Dr. he even phoned me the next day to check on me. I will never go back to my former Dr at Bflo Medical Group. I only wish I lived closer

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Dr. Vargo is the most caring, compassionate doctor I have ever dealt with, even when addressing difficult issues regarding my health. He always calls me personally after each visit with any test results or just to see how I am doing. I've never had another doctor show such concern.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

I am impressed with Dr. Vargo's ability to treat each patient as if they were the only one he has. His attention to detail and engagement in shared decision making is superlative.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

dr Fargo was terrific..professional,courteous and skilled at what he does..thank you dr.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

Dr. Vargo is probably the best doctor I have ever had. Realist, common sense, down to earth, extremely knowledgeable, patient and genuinely caring

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

Dr Vargo is the best doctor ever, very caring and informative. he makes me feel very comfortable in the procedures as he does them. I would never go to anyone else. CLEVELAND CLINIC is the best

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019

dr cargo is always so caring and considerate

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

I would highly recommend Dr. Vargo to others. He is conscientious, courteous and thorough.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Not only is Dr. Vargo technically knowledgeable, he is very pleasant.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

Dr Vargo was nothing short of exceptional in the medical care he provided and explaining everything to me and my family. Seeing him has been the best decision I made about my health and I am extremely happy with how my appointment was conducted.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

Both my dad and I trust and respect Dr Vargo and his team for our healthcare needs. I will happily recommend him and his team to anyone experiencing health issues within the realm of his speciality.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

When I contact Dr. Vargo's office with a concern, either the office staff or Dr. Vargo, personally, responds to me.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

The nurse initially provided the paperwork from the procedure. Dr. Vargo reviewed the procedure and described the results in depth.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

There are not the words to describe Dr. Vargo's care during the procedure and afterward. He is the absolute best doctor I've dealt with. He should write a book on how to deal with patients. His surgical skills are unparalleled. I would have faced major surgery and a long recuperation with any other physician.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Dr.Vargo is one of the best doctors I have ever seen very respectful and excellent bedside manner!

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019

excellent doctor and excellent communicator

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

Dr Vargo and his staff are excellent! It's so reassuring to have such committed, knowledgeable and personable health care professionals. TRULY!

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

Dr. John Vargo and Dr. Amit Bhatt who were my providers during this visit were amazing! They are very knowledgeable in their fields of specialty and were thoroughly professional in providing the care. I found Dr. Vargo extraordinary in his approach in explaining to me and my family the condition and its diagnosis and treatment options and included us in the decisions about my care all along. He gives a personal human touch to his medical care by being very courteous, respectful and professional at the same time. I will be very enthusiastic in recommending Dr. Vargo and Dr. Bhatt to others.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019

Dr Vargo continues to be very concerned about my health and gives me plenty of time to address my questions. My wife is a nurse and has always talked very highly highly of Dr Vargo's patient care.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

being a former coach, I liked where Dr Vargo called his staff together, like a huddle, introduce me, explaining the procedure, made sure everyone knew their responsibility and made sure everyone was understanding and ready to go. a down to earth doctor that was just one part of the TEAM

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

I have been very pleased with the care of Dr. Vargo and his staff.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2018

Everything went well with Dr. Vargo. He probably saved my life. Can't get much better than that.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2018

the staff for my endoscopy procedure was fantastic. so professional and caring. Dr. Vargo is wonderful,wonderful,. I am so very fortunate to have him as my physician. he has a fantastic way of speaking to his patients. very caring and concerned about his patients. he is the BEST

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2018

Dr Vargo informed me of the plan for my procedure. I also had to ask him for a prescription that my current providers failed to issue thru MyChart requests. follow up care instructions were given to my wife.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2018

The time I spent with Dr. Vargo and the nurse more than made up for time I had to wait. I was not rushed during my appointment and was given ample time with the doctor dealing with my medical issue. I appreciated the thoroughness of Dr. Vargo and his staff.

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