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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 Repair
  • Aortic valve regurgitation
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atherosclerosis Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Bypass Surgery Re-operation
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Disease Surgical Treatments
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Department
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Section
  • Complex Aorta Surgery
  • Congenital Heart Surgery in Adults
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Reoperation
  • David Procedure
  • David Reimplantation Operation
  • Endovascular Aorta Treatment - Thoracic
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Endovascular thoracic aorta surgery
  • Epicardial Lead Placement
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Surgery for Marfan Syndrome
  • Heart Surgery Reoperation
  • Heart Valve Disease - Percutaneous Interventions
  • Heart Valve Repair
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Infective Endocarditis Surgery
  • Marfan syndrome surgery
  • MAZE surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Repair
  • Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular Surgeries
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Modified David's Reimplantation Procedure
  • Myectomy
  • Off Pump Bypass Surgery
  • Off Pump Heart Surgery
  • Percutaneous Valve Repair
  • Percutaneous Valve 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
  • Stent Grafting
  • Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Surgical Treatment of Adult Acquired Heart Disease
  • Surgical Treatment of Valve Endocarditis
  • Thoracic Aorta Surgery
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
  • Thoracic Aortic Dissection Repair
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery Section
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Replacement
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Surgery
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acquired Adult Cardiac Disease
  • Acquired Valve Disease
  • Aneurysms
  • Aorta Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Insufficiency
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Collagen Vascular Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Connective Tissue Diseases
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Constrictive-Pericarditis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Loeys-Dietz Syndrome
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • 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 Aorta Disease
  • 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; bicuspid aortic valve; surgery for aortic aneurysms and dissections, including minimally invasive and endovascular (stenting) interventions; hereditary thoracic aortic disease; connective tissue disorders; Marfan syndrome; Loeyz Dietz; Ehrlers Danlos; 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 is nationally and internationally renowned for the world’s best cardiovascular care. 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 & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Thoracic Surgery
Cleveland, OH

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

Undergraduate - Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH


  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery - Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

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

See publications for Patrick Vargo, MD.

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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 5/6/2024, Dr. Vargo has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

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

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

239 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

34 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 20, 2024

Dr. Vargo is an excellent surgeon - attentive, informative, patient. He took all the time necessary to answer questions and to set me and my wife at ease.

Reviewed on May 6, 2024

Dr.Patrick Vargo is THE BEST surgeon, hands down! Extremely confident, great bedside manner, but best of all he is an extremely excellent heart surgeon. My surgery was on 01-3-2024, my Aorta was 5.2 centimeters in diameter, but we didn't know it was "paper thin" until after Dr. Vargo repaired it. Dr. Vargo actually saved my life, THANK YOU Dr. Vargo!Steve Ritter Cattle farmer, Southern Indiana.

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Dr Vargo found time to discuss my problems during his busy schedule

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Dr Vargo has a very calming bedside manner

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

Dr. Vargo is amazing - he knew all about my case and all the details before ever meeting with me. But he also asked good questions, listened, and evaluated my symptoms in a way that other doctors haven't.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024

Dr .varga was clear and spent time with us to show his expertise and concern for my husband who was his patient.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

Great . Doctor always explains everything clearly . Answers all questions . Positive and reassuring.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Dr. Vargo has the specialized expertise I needed. Fantastic Doctor and dedicated to his work! He is professional, was there for me throughout the process & answered all my questions. Highly recommended! Glad we have such wonderful doctors like Dr. Vargo!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Dr. Vargo was fantastic! Glad we have doctors at his skill level.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

Again, Dr. Vargo Is not only an excellent surgeon, but also has an outstanding demeanor - he makes meFeel valued and cared for.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

We feel very fortunate to have been able to travel to the Cleveland Clinic for my open-heart surgery. Dr. Vargo's skill and compassion are unmatched.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

Dr Vargo is so good everyone wants to see him so it's difficult to see him at an early convenience

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2024

Dr Vargo Is a great doctor highly recommended.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

Physicians provided excellent care.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2024

Dr. V Argo sat with his back facing me, when he stood up he addressed my daughter and I believe the visit with him was less than ten minutes. I felt like he treated me as if I was incapable of understanding my diagnosis. I felt l like my age was a factor in how he treated me

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024

Well informed,people were very nice and helpful dr various did a great job and the nurse practitioner was very helpfull

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2024

Had a great experience with my surgeon (Dr. Vargo) and his colleague (Agie.)

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

T he best doctor ever!

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

Care was excellent. Dr Vargo is the best, by far.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Dr Vargo will definitely do my surgery if I ever have to have it. He is amazing, attentive, and knowledgeable. Excellent bedside manner

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Excellent Dr. Explained everything in detail.EXTREMELY confident physician .If I needed more surgery he is my go to guy !!

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Have already recommended Dr.Vargo to 3 other people

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

I love the Cleveland Clinic. Had an excellent visit with Dr. Vargo. He is referring me to Dr. Caputo (vascular surgery) for consultation. It has taken multiple calls with multiple transfers to get that visit set up. But I know I need to be patient with all the scheduling difficulties because the care will be world class.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Dr. Vargo is kind, compassionate and knowledgeable. I trust him.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

Would 100% recommend Dr Vargo and his staff

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2023

Dr. Vargo ability as an surgeon was amazing.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

I had many questions prior to surgery. Which were patiently answered by Dr vargos staff

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

I was impressed by the confidence Dr VargoExhibit prior and during the entire process

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

*Drs. Vargo and *Caputo are excellent surgeons. Great bedside manner. Very caring health care providers.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2023

*Dr. Vargo is excellent.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023


Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

OMG I can't say enough good things about Dr. Vargo. He is so caring and professional. He is the reason I keep coming back to Cleveland Clinic every year! He is very patient and takes his time with you, even when you ramble on. You can tell he really cares how he listens to your concerns. Dr. Vargo gives off a very sensitive vibe. I am very blessed to have such a great surgeon as him in my life that he saved. Thank you very much for what you do Dr. Vargo!! His staff is also awesome. They bend over backwards to accommodate you. They go out of their way. The receptionist helped change my Primary Care Provider In MYCHART. I really appreciated all of them.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr Vargo goes above and beyond to make you feel like part of his family and that he really cares for the patient and family.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2023


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