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Department Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

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
  • Myectomy
  • Off Pump Bypass Surgery
  • Off Pump Heart Surgery
  • Percutaneous Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Percutaneous Valve Treatment
  • Pericardial Window
  • Pericardiectomy
  • 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
  • Thoraco-Abdominal-Aneurysms
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Replacement
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Surgery
View all 73 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acquired Adult Cardiac Disease
  • Acquired Valve Disease
  • Aneurysms
  • 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
  • Constrictive-Pericarditis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Dissection Of The Aorta
  • Endocarditis
  • 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
  • Myxomas
  • Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Pericarditis
  • 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) 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 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)

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. During his training, Dr. Vargo performed over 800 cardiothoracic surgeries, including aortic valve surgery, reoperations, complex aorta operations and coronary artery bypass surgery

Outcomes: Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the #1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report since 1995. Learn more about our outcomes and statistics

Education: Dr. Vargo earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio. 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 and Publications: Dr. Vargo has co-authored scientific papers on complex cardiac and thoracic surgeries published in leading medical and surgical journals. He also has presented clinical research findings at medical meetings, and has co-authored a chapter in a heart valve manual with two other Cleveland Clinic cardiovascular surgeons, published in 2017.
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 hiking, movies, baseball and spending time with his family.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Thoracic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH USA

Specialty Interests

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

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 3/31/2021, 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

122 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 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

15 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

dr vargo seemed to be in a rush. this was a follow up to my 2 surgeries but he didn't even bother to LOOK at my surgical incisions. Very disappointing. The focus was on another surgery. Felt like i was a dollar sign and not a person. Not what i expected from the best place i could go for my condition.

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

Surgeon *Dr. Vargo - Awesome! Nurse practitioner *Kathy Laffy - Awesome!

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

Dr. Vargo is caring and professional and does excellent work.

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Very pleased with doctors ,nurses and hospital.Would and have recommended this hospital to family and friends.

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Dr. Vargo took the time to talk to me since my surgery was last year and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Dr. Vargo met and exceeded all of my expectations. A real pleasure to work with.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

I don't have words to explain how I feel so blessed to have the doctors I had! They have a heart of gold!!! Cared about me!

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

We had to fight to get an appointment, fight for my husbands health, fight the red tape of Cleveland Clinic when we wanted a second opinion from a surgeon over the cardiologist. We loved the doctor and the staff but you should NOT be reduced to tears and begging to get an appointment or a second opinion. As it turned out all we needed was for the doctor to look at the records that you already had but asked us to courier to you and my husband was fast tracked. This confirms we were right to keep fighting for his health but you need to look at your screwed up system for appointments.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Dr. Vargo is great. Knows his business.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

The telemed appointment on 11/9 left some not completely answered, but one or two days later, Dr. Vargo called me to address my questions in more depth. I greatly appreciated that.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

I have experience with two major operations at Cleveland Clinic. Dr Roselli and Dr Vargo are both excellent surgeons and take time in the follow up visits to show me the CT scans, explain them and answer any questions. World class!

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Dr Vargo took the time to FaceTime with my wife and explain my condition, the options and ease any concerns she had.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Dr. Vargo, MD was an excellent doctor and was very informative of my condition and prognosis.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Doctors was very kind. THey explain everything. They answered questions and made me comfortable.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

great visit w Dr. Vargo. He is very patient and listened and answered all of our questions.

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