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Department General Pediatrics
Primary Location Independence Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adolescent Development
  • Adolescent Health
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Care for Children with Disabilities
  • Child Development
  • Childrens Primary Care
  • Contraception
  • General Adolescent Care
  • General Pediatric And Adolescent Medicine
  • Menstruation
  • Newborn Care
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Pediatrician
  • Pediatrics
  • Preventive Pediatrics
  • Primary Care Pediatrics
View all 16 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acanthosis Nigricans
  • Achalasia
  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Amenorrhea
  • Anemia
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Birth Defects
  • Bronchitis
  • Burns
  • Cellulitis
  • Chickenpox
  • Cold Sores
  • Colic
  • Common Cold
  • Constipation
  • Croup
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis - Contact
  • Diaper Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry Skin/Itchy Skin
  • Ear Infections (Otitis Media)
  • Eczema
  • Egg Allergy
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Fish Allergy
  • Flatfoot in Children
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Growth Failure in Children with Kidney Disease
  • Hay Fever
  • Head Lice
  • Headaches, Children
  • Hemorrhoids
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hives (Urticaria)
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Insect Sting Allergies
  • Latex Allergy
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Liver Disease
  • Malrotation
  • Measles
  • Medication Allergies
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Microcephaly in Children
  • Middle Ear Infection
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Milk Allergies
  • Nausea
  • Nosebleed
  • Obesity
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Pediatric Allergies
  • Pediatric Bronchiolitis
  • Pediatric Cellulitis
  • Pediatric Constipation
  • Pediatric Croup
  • Pediatric Dehydration
  • Pediatric Disorders
  • Pediatric Hearing Loss
  • Pediatric Hydrocele | Hernia
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Pediatric Neonatal Disorders
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Pinworms
  • Pneumonia
  • Primary Care
  • Pubic Lice (Crabs)
  • Respiratory Illness
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
  • Ringworm
  • Rotavirus
  • Scabies
  • Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus)
  • Skin Problems in Children
  • Sore Throat (Pharyngitis)
  • Strep Throat
  • Sunburn
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Tension Headaches
  • The Poison Plants: Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac
  • Tick Bites
  • Tonsillitis
  • Treating Heartburn with Surgery
  • Trichinosis Overview
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Warts
  • Yeast Infections
View all 103 Specialties +
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Biography

About Karen Vargo, MD

Karen S. Vargo, MD, is a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. In addition to her clinical appointment, Dr. Vargo is actively involved with Cleveland Clinic’s Fit Youth Family Weight Management Program, which is a 12-week family weight management program for parents and their children ages 7 to 18. It is designed to help families embrace healthier eating habits, improve fitness, and better manage stress.

Dr. Vargo is board certified in general pediatrics as well as adolescent medicine. She completed an undergraduate degree in nursing at The Ohio State University in Columbus, and she earned her medical degree from Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. Her post-graduate training includes a pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Vargo is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine.  She has contributed research abstracts and presentations at a number of professional association meetings.

Her specialty interests include general pediatrics and newborn care, adolescent medicine, menstrual disorders, eating disorders, obesity, acne and other dermatologic problems.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1999

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pediatrics
Pittsburgh, PA USA
1990

Internship - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pediatrics
Pittsburgh, PA USA
1988

Medical Education - Medical College of Ohio at Toledo
Toledo, OH USA
1987

Undergraduate - The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH USA
1979

Certifications

  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine

Specialty Interests

General pediatrics, newborn care, adolescent medicine, menstrual disorders, acne, dermatologic problems, infectious diseases, respiratory infections, obesity, eating disorders

Awards & Honors

  • Top Physicians, Cleveland magazine
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 10/27/2021, 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

49 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

13 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Dr. Has a full load of schedule every day and I know that so to get to see her to the date and time I wanted, I normally make my appointments to her ahead of time like months ahead. It works for me because I really like her as my kid's pediatrician.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

I never had a bad experience to Dr. Vargo. She is a very good doctor and always has answers to all my questions. Not only all my children are comfortable seeing her, they love her

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

The Cleveland Clinic and *Dr. Karen Vargo has been extremely awesome when communicating with me regarding my children.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

*Dr. Karen Vargo is excellent at including me in the decision making regarding my child.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

First time at pediatric offices and I"m VERY glad my friend recommended *Dr. Diard to me. We saw *Dr. Vargo, who was wonderful, and felt staff as a whole was great! Looking forward to meeting *Dr. Diard at next appointment.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

*Dr. Vargo was professional & kind - she let us know what she was going to do, before doing it, and she checked frequently during the procedure that my daughter was OK.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

Dr. Vargo is always thorough and takes time to listen. My shy daughter said that although Dr. Vargo asks a lot of questions, she always feels comfortable responding. She attributed this to Dr. Vargo's tone and demeanor.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

I went to *Dr. Vargo which is why I bring Isabelle to her. She's great.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

our newborn had a very cold temperature at her initial visit and the degree to which everyone in the office from the nursing assistants to nurses and doctor helped to try to warm her and coordinate care with her going to the ER was exceptional

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

customer care and providers are wonderful but there's a long process just to connect to person or department you want to reach

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

we are fortunate to have Dr karen Vargo as a pediatrician for my kids. She is competent, empathetic and compassion. We appreciate her care.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

I'm so happy that you have a good services and a good doctors ,especially doctor Karen vargo who my kids love her a lot.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2020

Dr. Vargo has been very easy to work with.

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