Patrick Vargo, MD
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Treatment & Services
- Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Aorta Center
- Aorta Graft
- Aorta Surgery
- Aortic Dissection
- Aortic Valve Repair
- Aortic Valve Replacement
- Aortic Valve Surgery
- Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
- Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts
- Atherosclerosis Surgery
- Atrial Septal Defect Closure
- Bypass Surgery
- Bypass Surgery Re-operation
- Cardiac Surgery
- Cardiovascular Surgery Department
- Complex Aorta Surgery
- Congenital Heart Surgery in Adults
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
- Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
- Coronary Artery Reoperation
- David Procedure
- David Reimplantation Operation
- Endovascular Aorta Treatment - Thoracic
- Endovascular Surgery
- Epicardial Lead Placement
- Heart Surgery
- Heart Surgery for Marfan Syndrome
- Heart Surgery Reoperation
- Heart Valve Disease - Percutaneous Interventions
- Heart Valve Repair and Replacement
- Heart Valve Surgery
- Infective Endocarditis Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Aortic Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Repair
- Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular Surgeries
- Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
- Mitral Valve Replacement
- Mitral Valve Surgery
- Modified David's Reimplantation Procedure
- Off Pump Bypass Surgery
- Off Pump Heart Surgery
- Percutaneous Valve Repair and Replacement
- Percutaneous Valve Treatment
- Pericardial Window
- Pericardium Surgery
- Pulmonary Embolism Surgery
- Pulmonic Valve Replacement
- Radial Artery and Saphenous Vein Harvesting
- Removal of Atrial Myxoma
- Reoperation Valve Surgery
- Reoperative Heart Surgery
- Repair of Aortic Aneurysms and Dissections
- Repair of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Dissections
- Stent Grafting
- Surgery for Infective Endocarditis
- Surgery for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
- Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
- Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation
- Surgical Treatment of Adult Acquired Heart Disease
- Surgical Treatment of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Disease
- Surgical Treatment of Valve Endocarditis
- Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Section
- Thoracic Aorta Surgery
- Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair
- Tricuspid Valve Repair
- Tricuspid Valve Replacement
- Tricuspid Valve Surgery
- Valve Surgery
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Acquired Adult Cardiac Disease
- Acquired Valve Disease
- Aorta Disease
- Aortic Aneurysms
- Aortic Insufficiency
- Aortic Regurgitation
- Aortic Stenosis
- Aortic Valve Disease
- Aortic Valve Regurgitation
- Atherosclerosis (Vascular)
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Atrial Septal Defects
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Collagen Vascular Disease
- Congenital Heart Disease
- Congenital Valve Disease
- Connective Tissue Disorders
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy
- Dissection of the Aorta
- Heart Attack
- Heart Disease
- Heart Failure
- Heart Valve Disease
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
- Infective Endocarditis
- Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
- Mitral Valve Disease
- Mitral Valve Prolapse
- Mitral Valve Regurgitation
- Mitral Valve Stenosis
- Patent Foramen Ovale
- Pulmonary Artery Stenosis
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Pulmonary Valve Disease
- Pulmonic Regurgitation
- Pulmonic Stenosis
- Rheumatic Heart Disease
- Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
- Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
- Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Tricuspid Regurgitation
- Tricuspid Stenosis
- Tricuspid Valve Disease
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About Patrick Vargo, MD
Patrick Vargo, MD, is a cardiac (heart) and aorta surgeon in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. He sees patients at Cleveland Clinic main campus.
Specialty Interests: Aortic valve repair and replacement; surgery for aortic aneurysms and dissections, including minimally invasive and endovascular (stenting) interventions; transcatheter valve interventions; re-operative cardiac surgery; coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
Number of Procedures Performed: Cleveland Clinic performs more than 4,500 heart surgeries each year. All Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeons complete between 300-400 cardiac cases per year. Of these, Dr. Vargo performs more than 300 cases per year, including minimally invasive aortic valve repair and replacement, complex aorta operations, and transcatheter procedures.
Outcomes: Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the #1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report since 1995. You can view success rates for specific procedures at http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx
Education: Dr. Vargo did his undergraduate work at Xavier University in Biology and Chemistry and graduated summa cum laude. He then earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his internship and residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Cleveland Clinic and was selected as administrative chief resident in his final year of residency. He joined the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2019.
Research, Publication, and Speaking: Dr. Vargo has authored and co-authored scientific papers and book chapters on complex cardiac and aortic root, arch, and thoracoabdominal surgeries published in leading medical and surgical journals. Dr. Vargo’s Research focuses primarily on aortic aneurysms and dissections, and valve disease. He also has presented clinical research findings at national meetings, and has given lectures to medical professionals worldwide. He is an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgery and is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He also serves as the Associate Program Director for Thoracic Surgery Residency at Cleveland Clinic.
About Dr. Vargo: “I enjoy being a heart surgeon because it gives me the opportunity to help patients get through a difficult time. Heart disease can be frightening and overwhelming. It is a privilege to treat these conditions and see patients return to feeling better and living a healthy life.”
Leisure Activities: In his leisure time Dr. Vargo enjoys being outdoors, movies, baseball and spending time with his family.
Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Undergraduate - Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH USA
- Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery - Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Aortic valve surgery; surgery for aortic aneurysms and dissections, including minimally invasive and hybrid interventions; transcatheter valve interventions; re-operative cardiac surgery; coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
Awards & Honors
- Bryant Award for Clinical Excellence in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, 2019
- Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2013
- Phi Beta Kappa, Xavier University, 2009
Research & Publications
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Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Vargo receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:
- Artivion, Inc., formerly CryoLife, Inc./ Jotec
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Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023
DR. Vargo and his staff are an asset to the Cleveland Clinic.
Reviewed on Mar 27, 2023
Dr Vargo is an amazing cardiothorasic surgeon and a very personal, compassionate human. Thank you for being you!
Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023
Dr Vargo made me feel very comfortable and all of the staff I interacted with were very professional, courteous and showed they really cared.
Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023
*Dr. Patrick Vargo is amazing! I would recommend him to anyone I know that needs heart surgery.
Reviewed on Feb 2, 2023
Everyone at the Cleveland Clinic was outstanding, especially Dr Patrick Vargo.
Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023
Best dr.s care ever.
Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023
Past interactions with Dr. Vargo have been excellent. For some reason, he seemed disengaged during this one.
Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023
See previous comments. My respect and admiration for Dr. Vargo has not changed, but this encounter was not a positive for whatever reason.
Reviewed on Sep 17, 2022
I always had as much time I needed with my physicians.
Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022
*Dr. Vargo is a wonderful doctor - He saved my life and I am forever grateful for his outstanding care. Also *Dr. Quatrimoni is the best!
Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022
Found Dr Vargo and his staff all excellent