Hello! My name is Dr. Robin Varghese and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of Western Ontario in 2002. To date, I have performed approximately 2,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 800 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is valve surgery including procedures for the mitral valve, the aortic valve and the aortic root. These are very complex surgeries and require additional training. For this reason, I spent two years in an Advanced Valvular Heart Surgery Fellowship after completing my general cardiac surgical training.
In addition, I am board certified in critical care medicine (intensive care) and I am the director of the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU). I follow my patients post-operative care very closely whether the patients are in the intensive care unit or on the step down unit. So, my patients essentially have an Intensivist seeing them everyday during their stay in hospital.
I have also completed a Masters degree in Clinical Research at Stanford University and this has enabled me to study outcomes in valve surgery at Mount Sinai. We use this data to help improve the care we provide our patients.
"From the first visit with Dr. Varghese, I knew we were making the right choice."
-- Joseph De Luca, heart valve surgery patient
"My experience with Dr Varghese was exceptional. He diagnosed perfectly, explained my options with clarity. He made sure and took the time to make sure I was comfortable. His surgical skill level is the highest. His follow up and bedside manner the best I have ever had. I would recommend him to anyone in need of his services."
-- Alan Seraita, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 12/21/2016
On Monday, November 14th at 7:00AM I had my surgery to repair my leaky valve and Tricuspid. I can’t say enough about the staff at Mount Sinai. They were all amazing and explained everything about my procedure. They always had a smile on their faces. I made the mistake of watching many You Tubes and googling the procedure for Mitral Valve Repair. However, the procedure that Dr. Varghese performed was nothing similar. I remember getting to the hospital at 5:30 AM. Within an hour I was taken into an area where the anesthesiologist came in to explain what he was doing and what would happen next. At 6:30 AM, Dr. Varghese came in to chat with me and said, “we’re ready to go”. They wheeled me down the corridor and then told me I could walk into the operating room. The operating room was not like the ones I saw on You Tube either. The people in the room were smiling and very friendly and talked to me the entire time. The next thing I knew, I woke up in recovery in ICU where I heard a nurse say to me she was going to take out the tubes. My husband was with me at all times in ICU. I finally sent him home at 9PM. The nurses were lovely in ICU especially Jasmine. She explained everything she was doing to take care of me while in ICU. I remember not getting much sleep, but it wasn’t due to any pain but more about nurses coming in and out checking on me. I stayed in ICU ‘til Tuesday at 5PM (only due to the fact that I was waiting for a bed on the Cardiac Floor). Jasmine came back to check on me and went up with me to make sure I was settled on the Cardiac floor and even brought up my dinner. This was going above and beyond because her shift was over. Once again, I can’t say enough about the care in the Cardiac Wing. Dr. Varghese is an amazing surgeon and has an amazing bedside manner. I remember telling him that I didn’t want my children coming down to the City to see me. He asked me how I was going to achieve that task. I told him I would take a selfie (which I never do) every morning so they could see me. I knew how concerned they were and needed to see me. Within 24 hours, I was only on a small beta blocker and extra strength Tylenol. I had no pain at all except for back pain for being in bed. I remember Dr. Varghese coming in and saying I did very well and was able to be released on Day 4. He said he was sorry he never got to meet my family but wanted to know all about them. I remember him sitting at the end of my bed on the day I was being discharged and wanted to see a family picture and I told him all about our vacation in Hilton Head in August. He is truly an amazing person.
As soon as I arrived home, I was able to climb the stairs in my home without any problem. I had no problem taking care of myself. However, my husband and children had to do the food shopping! I had visiting nurses and PT come to my home for two weeks and then I was on my own. I had one concern and called Dr. Varghese’s office about my beta blocker. It was making my blood pressure very low. They cut the dosage down to one pill per day and within a week, my cardiologist stopped it all together. Once that happened, I was able to push myself and take one ten minute walk per day. Within two weeks, I was walking outside in the cold for (2) twenty minute walks. I didn’t have any pain at home and was only taking one extra strength Tylenol at bedtime which was mainly for my back pain while sleeping and trying to turnover during the night. I found myself tired where I would relax on the couch and take a nap in the afternoon. I was able to drive after six weeks. I had no problem driving and was back to my daily routines. I also started my Cardio Rehab at Burke on December 29th. The only reason I had to wait so long was due to the fact I couldn’t drive myself there. I had my post op appointment with Dr. Varghese on January 3rd. He was very pleased how I healed and you could barely see my incision. My husband and I met with him and never felt rushed. He took the time to ask about my family and the Holidays.
I returned back to work on Monday, January 23, 2017. I would have returned a week sooner but came down with the stomach virus.
I can’t say enough about Dr. Varghese and can’t believe I had Open Heart Surgery. Thanks to Dr. Varghese and the support of my family and friends, I had a speedy recovery."
-- Helene Farrell, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 11/14/2016
Both before and after surgery, Dr. Varghese and his staff is always there to answer questions and support. I highly recommend Dr. Varghese to anyone needing this type of surgeries."
-- Kendra Collins, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 09/29/2016
-- Pinchas Kupperman, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 09/26/2016
-- Geraldine Ruiz, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/22/2016
-- Paul Sinreich, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/25/2016
-- Rosemary Del Signore, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 02/23/2016
After I got home, I had many questions and they always took my calls or called me back immediately. Within 2 weeks after my surgery, I was already feeling great and many people couldn't believe how well I looked and felt! I feel very grateful that I had Dr. Varghese as my surgeon and would highly recommend him! "
-- Jackie Comp, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 12/10/2015
-- Caroline Villante, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/18/2015
Dr. Varghese and his staff made a major life event manageable while comforting myself and my wife. Six weeks after surgery I am now back in the hands of my cardiologist and resuming normal activities. "
-- JOSEPH WARD, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/18/2015
His concern was not only for me, but also for my entire family. He spent a great deal of time with me and my wife- His bedside manner was excellent, he was easy to talk to, and never seemed to be in a hurry to leave. I would recommend him highly in a heartbeat."
-- Raymond Siegel, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/21/2015
-- Marsha Abelson, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 03/31/2015
Dr. Varghese is master craftsman at the top of his specialty--his reputation reflects excellence demonstrated in the quality, integrity and surgical precision. He deserves consistent A+ ratings across the board! Dr. Varghese and his staff share a commitment to excellence in pre-and post-op patient care and his bedside manner is extraordinarily kind, tender and one that reflects the professionalism and excellence he brings to his craft. Dr. Varghese explained the surgery clearly and gave my mother the confidence that these recommended procedures would bring an improvement in her heart health and extend her quality of life. He remains attentive to his patients making sure that all questions are answered, ensuring first rate pre-and post- op care and injecting the patient with confidence to proceed with surgery which subsequently improves and preserves their long term health and quality of life.
Within 9 days, my mom was discharged to Burke rehab where she continued her convalescence and aggressive schedule of rehab. Within 2 weeks of surgery, my mother was successfully mastering physical and occupational therapies to restore her back to high functioning quality of life and her active lifestyle. My mother's scar has faded, so much so that she is able to wear beautiful V-neck silk blouses--a further testament to Dr. Varghese skill as a surgeon. My family and I would highly recommend Dr. Varghese for these surgeries. Photos of my mom taken 6 weeks post surgery reflect a woman who looks 15 years younger than pictures taken before surgery! My mom looks radiant, full of energy and ready to take the town by storm! My family and I are grateful to Dr. Varghese and his staff for giving my mother the gift of good health and quality of life. "
-- Debra Miron, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 03/23/2015
-- Jose Gonzalez, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/15/2015
-- Moraima Capellan, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/24/2015
He gave me all the time I needed and answered all my questions about the surgery I was about to undergo.
He visited me every day that I was in Mount Sinai Hospital, and was very concerned and attentive. He did a great job and my recovery has been spectacular.
Dr. Varghese is a great surgeon and a wonderful person. Anyone needing heart surgery should seek out Dr. Varghese."
-- Leonard August, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/24/2014
-- Isidoro Baccarini, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 03/20/2014
My husband was being treated for endocarditis, but ultimately the mitral valve began to back up, affecting his breathing, so surgery was the only option.
My first impression of Dr. Varghese was how warm and calm he was. He drew a diagram of the heart to explain to my son and me exactly what the surgery would entail. He answered a ton of our questions patiently and without seeming like he needed to rush off. With a 60% chance of pulling through this surgery, due to other health issues, I can only credit Dr. Varghese's skill as a surgeon.
Yet this skill is matched, amazingly, by his dedication to caring for the WHOLE patient. Dr. Varghese is a critical care specialist. My husband was in Mount Sinai for 3 weeks and Dr. Varghese came to see him 3x a day when he was in the CICU and 2x a day when he was transferred to the floor. He was heading up our case and brought in additional specialists as needed.
Though I know that he is incredibly busy, I felt like my husband was his only patient... He remembered everything, always had time for my questions and his explanations were never rushed. When he said, "I'll look into that", he DID.
In my opinion, Dr. Varghese should be the benchmark for what we all wish for in a physician. It has been a frustrating experience for me to try to "drive the bus", taking my husband from specialist to specialist but not having anyone look at the whole picture, whole patient. Dr. Varghese did all that for us and more. Look no further, he's your guy."
-- Sara Linehan, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 02/23/2014
-- Vincenzo Giocoli, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/17/2013
-- Frank Pugliatti, 12/17/2013
We met Dr Varghese in his office at the hospital; the office was very private, looked and felt comfortable. The doctor sat us down and very calmly but very direct or should I say honest told us of my dad’s condition. Showed us images on the computer of the blockage’s and was very clear on what needs to be done, he didn’t pull any punches. After the meeting I remember walking out of the office and telling my dad how great was doctor Varghese, he feels like family I think were making the right choice.
The doctor didn’t waste any time and within a week my dad was in surgery. The surgery, as routine as they try to make it sound was no joke. I’ve been through surgeries myself and seen my dad have a couple but this one, WOW. What I saw after recovery the first week I hope I never see again. We thought my dad after the second day had a stroke and that just added to my mind racing with all negative thoughts. Through it all; the stroke, the breathing tube being taking out then put back in, the infection, the tracheotomy, and most of all getting him to rehab Dr Varghese was my inspiration. What he see’s and does on a daily basis is unbelievable and his friendly one on one demeanor kept me positive and calm threw it all. He always explained to me what was happening and things were moving in a positive direction, just a little slower. The last thing Dr Varghese did for us and I will never forget was while on his Thanksgiving vacation made phone calls and got my father into Burke rehab. It took so much stress off my dad because after seven weeks he could not take one more day in a hospital. From every nurse who stayed with my father around the clock, that I can still remember all their names all took great care of my Dad. I was never so impressed that such a big Hospital as Mt. Sinai could really be so personable and not make you feel you’re just lost in the mix. Again thank you for recommending Dr. Varghese he is like family now and my personal hero."
-- Joseph De Luca, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/08/2013
Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
Dr. Robin Varghese, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Western Ontario in 2002.
After medical school, Dr. Varghese completed a Cardiac Surgery Residency and a Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at London Health Sciences Centre / University of Western Ontario.To advance his specialties in valvular therapy, Dr. Varghese completed an Advanced Valvular Heart Surgery Fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Varghese is board certified in Cardiac Surgery and Critical Care Medicine by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.