Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

74 Patient Ratings
68 Patient Comments

Daniel J. Vargo, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

74 Patient Ratings
68 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 587-7963
University Hospital
General Surgery, Clinic 5
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132


Dr. Vargo's clinical practice involves basic general surgery, including gallbladder and hernia surgery. He utilizes basic and advanced techniques in performing these procedures, including minimally invasive surgery/laparoscopy and robotic surgery.

In addition, Dr. Vargo has a specialty practice in complex abdominal wall surgery, including large incisional/ventral hernias, parastomal hernias, and fistulas to the abdominal wall. He has performed more than 500 complex abdominal wall reconstructions and is considered one of the experts in this field. He is currently working to advance the techniques of robotic surgery as they apply to complex abdominal reconstruction.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions General Surgery
Board Certification American Board of Surgery (Sub: General Surgery)
American Board of Surgery (Sub: Surgical Critical Care)

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
My confidence in care provider
Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

December 19, 2016

Dr. Vargo and Dr. Slade were very nice, knowledgeable, and made me comfortable and confident in them about my upcoming surgery. They showed me the scan and where the area is that needs surgery. They made me feel like I understood exactly how this issue happened and what will happen during the surgery. Thank you!!

December 13, 2016

very impressed with Dr. Vargo

October 28, 2016

I trust Dr Vargo completely, I am so glad I was referred to him, I praise him and his team often!

September 07, 2016

Dr Vargo is great:)

August 01, 2016

Dr Vargo- has not been the best at helping me with what to look forward to or any guidance at all. i usually leave his office very upset and frustrated.

July 18, 2016

I'm taking ideas from your practice and trying to include it in mine.

July 01, 2016

I have had Dr Vargo's excellent surgical knowledge and skills work on me before with a very tricky KY situation and surgery. I recommend him all of the time and would not want another surgeon.

April 15, 2016

I felt trust in Dr Vargo, he explained what the surgery would be like, time in hospital, care at home, etc. He left me with a feeling of confidence. I am very thankful that I connected with him as my doctor. Thank you Dr Vargo.

April 11, 2016

Excellent visit with Dr. Vargo. Very impressed with his explanations.

April 05, 2016

felt well taken care of

March 01, 2016

I felt very comfortable about the time the Doctor allowed us to understand what would be happening and answering our questions.

February 29, 2016

My only concern is that while Dr. Vargo was very knowledgable and friendly at this appointment, I was disappointed that he didn't bother to see me after surgery or come to see me when I was admitted to the hospital when I developed a complication after surgery. It would have been nice to at least have a phone call letting me know how things went and about my complication rather than having residents try to address my concerns.

January 27, 2016

Dr. Vargo was very helpful and friendly. He took time to answer all my questions and concerns. He explained my procedure very well and really took the time to make sure I felt comfortable with it. Would definitely recommend this doctor.

January 11, 2016

Dr. Vargo was prompt, professional and exhibited excellent bedside manner. He answered my questions and provided a very thorough description of the procedure I was going to have.

November 27, 2015

Dr. Vargo demonstrated his real concern by asking that I phone the office in a few days to let him know how I was doing.

November 16, 2015

Dr. Vargo spent time to explain the nature of the hernia repair surgery that I had.

October 12, 2015

This was my first encounter with Dr. Vargo and I found him very friendly and provided great explanations about hernia and treatment. Nathan, his resident was also friendly and provided great explanations.

September 08, 2015

Waited for Dr. Vargo in waiting room for over 45 min. This was a post-op check and visit from Dr. should have only taken 5 min. I ended up leaving without seeing Dr. Vargo due to the length of wait and disrespect for my time.

August 03, 2015


July 24, 2015

This care provider was recommended by another care provider who told me he is the best at what he does.

May 23, 2015

Dr. Vargo is great

March 30, 2015

Very Good

February 16, 2015

I would recommend the Doctor because I feel he is very capable but would caution them they cannot expect timely care.

February 03, 2015

Dr. Vargo has wonderful patient interaction, though when it came to giving me reasons or solutions for the pain I am feeling I did not get any. I am coming back to have a CT scan next week but I was never told what that may, or may not diagnose. I am interested to know what may have caused my pain and what I can be doing to make it better. Waiting two weeks to see him again causes me anxiety about my pain.

December 01, 2014

Very compassionate and kind provider given the diagnosis of malignancy. I would definitely recommend Dr. Vargo to anyone having the need of a General Surgeon.

October 27, 2014

My husband has had surgery performed by Dr. Vargo with a beautiful scar less result. He is the first name people mention when someone needs a General Surgeon.

September 24, 2014

Showed a great deal of care and compassion.

August 04, 2014

Care provider needed results from a diagnostic test before making a reasonable evaluation.

June 17, 2014

yes it was great and yes I would tell my friends.

June 17, 2014

I was extremely comfortable with Dr. Vargo - all the good things we had heard about him were true!

May 28, 2014

I received a surgery from Dr Vargo on May 9th however he said he would call me to let me know how things went and never called. Then on my follow up visit he was out of town and had someone at the last minute fill in for him that didnt know anything about my case and all they did was pull up the post op note and read it. Also Dr. Vargo ordered an L Spine MRI and follow up on that was completely absent.

April 21, 2014

My experience was exceptional and I would recommend your facility to anyone needing treatment

March 16, 2014

He was excellent. Good communicator, empathetic, and kind. Prompt response to my concerns.

February 09, 2014

Dr Vargo was friendly, professional and made me feel confident regarding upcoming surgery. I heard nothing but wonderful reports on his skill, and how I was lucky to have him for my surgeon. I totally agree

January 03, 2014

Not one of the doctors who did the surgery, didn't really know much about my case, didn't explain any continuing restrictions, seemed only mildly interested in my case.

January 02, 2014

It would have been a little better if the care provider would have know more about my surgery or used the computer in the room to find more information to answer my questions instead of leaving the room to find information.

December 29, 2013

Both Dr. Vargo and the post-doc fellow spent quite a bit of time making sure I understood what can be known of causes of the condition and the range of outcomes from surgery. I appreciated that he was realistic about expectations without being discouraging.

December 11, 2013

As usual, Dr Vargo was very professional and friendly. I enjoy my interactions with him and feel as though he genuinely cares about my well-being.

October 21, 2013

I was very impressed with his gentle and caring mannerisms in the exam, his explanations of my condition and the complications involved, though extremely challenging are not impossible. I was impressed with the ease of including my husband in on the visit by speaker phone as he clearly laid out the plan of action and answered the few extra questions I had.

October 21, 2013

Dr. Vargo gave very very good care when NO other doctor would even try to treat my problems. I have every confidence in his ability and care he gave me.

September 30, 2013

I really like Dr. Vargo - he is professional, courteous, and shows genuine concern for his patients and their needs.

September 09, 2013

Really pleased with Dr. Vargo's referral to another physician and the immediate follow up by the referred physician

September 09, 2013

the care provider seemed rushed. when he was through talking he stood by the door while I finished asking questions.

August 07, 2013

I was so impressed with the Resident/Intern doctor. He didn't seem to be rushed and gave me a very thorough examination before making any recommendations. He truly seemed concerned about my situation and took the time to listen. He also emphasized that Dr. Vargo would make the final recommendations. Now to Dr. Vargo -- I continue to sing his praises. He provided me with more simple day to day recommendations which have been a great help. I would not have known about these helps had it not been for Dr. Vargo. I continue to be impressed with his professionalism, friendliness and excellent "bed-side manners". Dr. Vargo goes the extra mile to show his sincere concern for me as a patient and the best possible out-come for future surgery. I would go as far as to say Dr. Vargo is my HERO and CHAMPION.

July 22, 2013

I was extremely impressed with Dr. Vargo's knowledge and skill as well as his bedside manner. I was also impressed with his teaching skills and his relationship with the students under him.

July 17, 2013

I didn't complete the survey from the initial consultation with Dr. Vargo. However, I feel obligated to comment on the professionalism of him and his staff. In that initial consultation, I was very impressed with how patient and courteous Dr. Vargo was, and how thoughtful and attentive he was in thoroughly answering all my questions. One of the most professionally courteous physicians I've ever encountered.

July 15, 2013

excellent experience for a hospital visit

June 03, 2013

My experience with follow up was excellent

May 07, 2013

dr. Vargo was very informative. he is an excellent doctor. We hope to not need his services again but would definitely recommend him.

April 18, 2013


April 01, 2013

initial visit was a good experience with all questions answered and noted by Dr. Vargo. Followup was also a very good experience. I would highly recommend Dr. Vargo to anyone with a surgical procedure.

March 11, 2013

I believe Dr. Vargo to be a great doctor who is very accommodating to my surgery and FMLA needs.

March 08, 2013

This was a bad experience from the Saturday night visit to the ER to the Monday morning surgery follow-up visit. The only good experiences was with a nurse in the ER (can't remember her name) and another ER individual by name of Todd Ashby (he was great).

February 25, 2013

Dr. Vargo is the finest surgeon I could have ever chosen. I have full confidence in his abilities, and I recommend him to others constantly. This past visit was the best one I have ever had with him as he took the time to explain everything to me in a comprehensive way.

January 28, 2013

I am so grateful to have been referred to Dr. Vargo a few years ago. He truly is the VERY BEST!!

January 08, 2013

The whole visit was great. Ontime, got me in for ultrasound same day.

December 31, 2012

my first experience with this doctor would certainly again lead me to contact him if I needed to, or to refer others to him for care.

December 31, 2012

I'm glad I chose Dr. Vargo as my surgeon.

November 19, 2012

There was no medications involved nor any more follow-up appointments. The doctors were very nice and thorough.

November 05, 2012

The sx f/u visit was comprehensive: Dr. Vargo was clear, kind, thorough, and a good teacher of the medical student who was present. Exceptional.

October 08, 2012

The care providers were extremely knowledgeable, helpful, concern, and caring

July 25, 2012

I felt the Dr. felt some of my questions were ridiculous. He did not give me any instructions about follow up care, i.e. recuperation time, lifting restrictions, etc.

July 23, 2012

I was very impressed with Dr. Vargo, and he had an excellent bedside manner. I am 100% comfortable with him doing my surgical procedure.

July 09, 2012

Dr. is amazing. I've referred many of my friends to him because of what a wonderful doctor he is.

July 05, 2012

The doctors and nurses were very nice and did everything possible to make mw comfortable.

April 27, 2012

I have recommended Dr. Vargo to other Doctors in the Idaho Falls, Idaho area. I am told they have referred patients to Dr Vargo on my recommendations.

February 17, 2012

I would recommend Dr. Vargo and his staff to anyone needing this kind of surgery.

January 13, 2012

This visit marked the end of a difficult and complicated surgical procedure that was successfully completed by Dr. Vargo and his staff. No other surgeon in the Salt Lake City area was willing to attempt this surgical task.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Resident Selection for Surgery
  • Complex Abdominal Wall Defects
  • Competency in Medical Education

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions General Surgery
Board Certification American Board of Surgery (Sub: General Surgery)
American Board of Surgery (Sub: Surgical Critical Care)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-7963 School of Medicine
General Surgery
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 587-7963 University Hospital
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr. Vargo arrived at the University of Utah in 2000 after completing his General Surgery Residency at the University of Wisconsin and a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care/Trauma at the University of California-Davis in Sacramento, CA. He was instrumental in developing the Trauma Service at the University of Utah in addition to helping to develop the Trauma System for the State of Utah.

Currently, Dr. Vargo has an interest in complex abdominal wall surgery. He has been a leader in this field and has participated in multiple trials of bioprosthetic implantation for complex abdominal wall defects. This has culminated in several publications, including co-editor of a manual that outlines that accepted management principles for the open abdomen.

Dr. Vargo is also the Program Director for the General Surgery Residency at the University of Utah. He is responsible for the continued accreditation of the residency in addition to development of the overall curriculum for the residents in the program. His research interest is in resident autonomy and in using unique criteria and interviewing techniques in the selection of surgery residents.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of California - Davis
Surgical Critical Care
Residency University of Wisconsin
Internship University of Wisconsin
Professional Medical Baylor College of Medicine
Undergraduate University of Michigan


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