Dr. Robin Varghese

Dr. Robin Varghese
Heart Surgeon

New York City, NY
- Unregistered Surgeon

Patient Recommendations (52)

"From the initial consultation, Dr. Varghese explained to me the procedure and what to expect post surgery/recovery.

He made me feel more comfortable and less worried about the situation. The doctor spoke to me bedside and answered all my questions bedside prior to surgery. Dr. Varghese visited me every day during my recovery, which went a long way in making me feel comfortable and that he genuinely was concerned about my recovery.

He was kind to my family and explained to them fully all they wished to know regarding my health and recovery. May God bless Dr. Varghese!"

Posted by Donny Perez, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 11/02/2021

"Dr. Varghese is a gifted surgeon and my wife was so fortunate to have Dr. Varghese operate on her. we have never met a Doctor that made you feel so at ease. Dr. Varghese took the time to sit with my wife, reassure her. The Doctor would even call me and have long conversations about her progress. We were so blessed to have Dr. Varghese take care of us."

Posted by Josephine Habermann, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 04/21/2021

"I will be forever grateful to Dr. Varghese for the lifesaving surgery he performed on my husband Karol. Dr. Varghese was patient with us. He answered all of our very many questions in a way that we could understand. He sensed that my husband had reservations about having the surgery. He was reassuring and put us at ease. Dr. Varghese took the time to explain each step of the complicated surgery. He outlined what the recovery phase would look like. Dr. Varghese spoke to us like he was speaking to a friend. We were comfortable asking questions. He spoke to my husband about life after surgery, giving him encouragement and reassurance that Karol needed.

Dr. Varghese’s technical execution of the triple bypass and mitral valve repair was flawless, but for my husband, his professionalism, compassion, and patience were exactly what was needed and what convinced us to put Karol’s life in his hands."

Posted by KAROL NICALEK, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/12/2021

"My first impression of Dr. Varghese was that he is razor sharp and 1,000 watts bright. He exudes and inspires confidence. His bedside manner is excellent: he answers questions patiently and thoroughly without a hint of condescension.

I was quite ill when Dr. Varghese first addressed my case: I was septic and the infection had attacked three of my heart valves. Dr. Varghese explained the various options and assured me that he and his team could successfully treat my condition.

He and his team were able to repair my heart valves rather than replace them. Could other doctors have accomplished this? Perhaps, but I consider myself fortunate that Dr. Varghese was my surgeon. He saved my life and has rocketed to the top of my personal hall of fame. I consider myself fortunate that fate delivered me into his hands."

Posted by Mark Eckert, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 07/27/2020

"It has been a year since I had the operation done. All went well. I was home in a week and walking up-and-down stairs with no problems."

Posted by DAVID CRAIG, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 04/10/2019

"Dr. Varghese came highly recommended by my cardiologist.

A heart infection in 2016 damaged my mitral valve and leakage became severe requiring repair surgery. Dr. Varghese and his team were amazing from the first pre-surgery meeting through the procedure hospital stay and post-op follow ups. They are knowledgeable, professional, approachable and friendly.

If you need heart surgery you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to engage Dr. Varghese and his team, you won’t regret it."

Posted by David Veley, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 10/02/2019

"Dr. Varghese and his staff are the most caring group of health care professionals, they are the best!!"

Posted by Diane Dake, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/06/2020

"Doctor Varghese was highly recommended and referred to me from a distinguished doctor and family friend. My mitral valve surgery and bypass was preformed with perfection. I knew from my first consultation I was in good hands and my gut feelings proved correct. Dr. Varghese genuinely cares and he and his staff couldn’t have been more attentive and helpful."

Posted by Doug Tredinnick , Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 01/09/2020

"The brilliant Dr. Varghese, his team and the excellent nurses in ICU and step-down gave me the best care I have ever received.

He saved my life and I will be forever grateful to him. He has the best bedside manner, most patient and most positive surgeon I have ever met. God bless him."

Posted by JoAnn Larocca, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 08/05/2019

"Dr. Varghese saved my life!!!!"

Posted by Marinel Cornea, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/04/2019

"Dr. Varghese is an amazing surgeon. He spent the necessary time to ensure my comfort with the myxoma removal and valve repair procedure. I’m appreciative of his talent, patience and general kindness. I would recommend him without a doubt to anyone."

Posted by Rhonda Mims, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 09/25/2019

"I chose Dr. Varghese for aortic valve replacement due to his expertise, experience, clarity, and confidence, but most of all because he is that rare surgeon who listens. Dr. Varghese treats the person, not just the patient. Your concerns and medical history inform his methods of treatment to insure a relatively pain-free experience. He visited daily during my stay at Mt Sinai, answering all my questions and addressing any issues. His entire team follows his lead in kindness, consideration and bedside visits.

Dr. Varghese oversees the Cardiac Care Unit at Mt Sinai, which is fully staffed 24 hours/day with competent, compassionate personnel. I cannot say enough positive things about the care I received there. I have a history of migraine and sensory sensitivity. Everyone, from Dr. Varghese down to the meal service personnel were kind and considerate of my particular environmental needs. Dr. Varghese's work is a true vocation. He is an excellent surgeon and the finest of individuals. I recommend him and his excellent team very highly."

Posted by Carol McC, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/05/2019

"I was surprised to learn that I was a person who needed heart surgery, and was anxious about the procedures. I recall that Dr. Varghese drew a pen & paper picture of my heart's functioning for me so that I could show it to my 90-year old parents in Europe.

Dr. Varghese's professionalism and bedside manner are reassuring, and the surgery went very well. I'm less than 2 months post-surgery, and will see Dr. Varghese again soon. I wouldn't hesitate to bring up any concern, based on my past experiences, when I needed information and assurances.

My medical care, in the hospital, was top-notch, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr. Varghese to another person/family seeking support for cardiac issues. "

Posted by Ingrid VanGinderen, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 07/01/2019

"My surgeon, Dr. Varghese, was so attentive before & after the surgery. His team at Mount Sinai was also very caring & professional, The surgery was extensive (8 hours). During the three days in the ICU, I was never alone. The professionalism was outstanding. Dr. Varghese visited several times daily. I was never nervous or in pain and comfortable . I was discharged after 10 days and found the transition to home life was well planned by the staff. I am so grateful that I chose Dr. Varghese as my surgeon and recommend him highly,"

Posted by Carolyn Nufer, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 05/20/2019

"Dr. Varghese assisted Dr. Stelzer with my Ross procedure at Mount Sinai. When I first consulted with Dr. Stelzer about the Ross, one of my more pressing concerns was the potential need for future intervention and the fact that not many surgeons have expertise around this surgery. He put that concern to bed very quickly when he told me about Dr. Varghese and how closely he works with him. I first met Dr. Varghese in the holding area prior to my surgery when he reassured me we were good to go and that he was going to keep my incision "nice and short"-- fast forward to the ICU, if memory serves, he was the first person I remember seeing and he said he was able to keep my incision to a mere 11cm for a very complex surgery. I am 4 weeks post-op today and have had minimal pain/discomfort in my sternum and the scar looks phenomenal. I can't say enough about my experience at Mount Sinai and the work of Dr. Varghese, Dr. Stelzer, and all of their nurses and PAs. "

Posted by Anthony Vernaci, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Ross Procedure, 04/01/2019

"This is the best experience I have had with a physician in 55 years. Dr. Varghese is talented, kind and considerate. He is the real deal. "

Posted by Robert Budd, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 01/14/2019

"I had seen two cardiac surgeons prior to Dr. Varghese. Those surgeons believed they were going to have to replace my mitral valve. I had excellent excellent care. Doctor Varghese did not give up. He was able to repair the valve. If you saw the before and after photos you'd be like "Wow!". I'm so grateful. I worked in hospitals for 15 years. This man goes above and beyond. His staff is there 24/7 if you need them."

Posted by Tara Volpe Eggimann, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 06/14/2018

"Dr. Robin Varghese is a highly skilled surgeon with an incredible bedside manner. He fully explains every step from admitting, surgery and post operative care. He and his staff are committed to putting the patient and their needs first. I cannot say enough about this individual or his support staff."

Posted by Rose Monik, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 01/11/2019

"Dr. Varghese did a very good job. Before the surgery, he explained to me exactly what was going to get done. His staff was very helpful. From a scale from 1 to 10, I gave him at 10 after my surgery was done. I saw him several times and he explained everything to me and my family."

Posted by Marie Tonge, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 10/01/2018

"Fantastic compassion and care from initial meeting, through the surgery procedure and follow-up monitoring. Very satisfied with the complete team involved in my procedure - a very positive and comforting experience."

Posted by Emil Gaspari, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/26/2018

"Robin Varghese saved my life by realizing the urgency of a valve replacement operation when I met him for the first time on Dec 12, 2018. I was operated on Dec 17, 2018! His professionalism, attention to details, kindness and warmth have been impressive from start to finish (final follow-up meeting on Jan 10, 2019). He and his team made my stay in the hospital much more manageable and greatly helped accelerate my recovery. I have my life back and feel great! I will never forget Dr. Varghese for this. "

Posted by JACK BLUMENFRUCHT, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/17/2018

"Dr. Cziner said I'm referring you to the "best" and that was Dr. Varghese he was speaking of. We had miss our scheduled office appointment. However, he called and apologized and then spent 45 minutes talking to me about my symptoms. He was able to disarm me an set my mind at ease so I could answer the questions he was asking.

I was able to meet Dr. Varghese before the surgery and, he was friendly, warm and engaging. He explained what Mitral Valve Prolapse/Mitral Regurgitation was and how it can be fixed. My surgery went well and Dr. Varghese an his team stop by every day to check in and ask how I was improving. Dr. Varghese took the time to spend a few extra minutes to shoot to breeze which took my mind off the pain I was feeling.

My entire experience was positive from Dr. Varghese an his team to the staff at Mt. Sinai, I could not have asked for a better place to have my heart fixed.

On behalf of the Fray Family we thank you Dr. Varghese. Dawn Fray Mitral Valve Replacement 10-15-18 "

Posted by Dawn Fray, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 10/15/2018

"I had a mitral valve repair, tricuspid valve repair, ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation surgery performed by Dr. Robin Varghese. I am so happy with the results of the surgery. I was so appreciative of Dr. Varghese's information about the surgery. I thank you Dr. Varghese for your after care. The information and advice you provided was well received. The nurses were so kind and caring. They treated me like a family member. Not just another patient. The RN'S were very knowledgeable in their care of me. They explained everything they were doing in great detail to keep my well informed. The maintenance crew were very kind. And they kept everything clean and tidy. I especially want to thank Dr. Aaron Weiss for his bedside manner. He was very kind and talked me through a very sad spell I was having three days into my recovery. Not only once but twice, and one time he came to talk to me when he was supposed to be going home. I can't tell you how much that meant to me. I thank God for each and every one of these people. I am so thankful to Mount Sinai hospital for the personnel they have working for them. God bless you all. "

Posted by Beathener Shuford, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 09/05/2018

"Dr. Varghese is fantastic. The valve replacement surgery was a complete success. Dr. Varghese is caring ,approachable ,listens to your questions and answers are such that a non-medical person can understand easily ."

Posted by Domenick Reda, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/16/2018

"Dr. Varghese was able to repair rather than replace my valve when I was looking for a surgeon I was very frightened and after my first meeting with Dr. Varghese I knew this is the man that I would trust my life with he was kind caring and extremely skilled most surgeon said my valve could not be repaired but he did I would go nowhere else with my family and loved one I believe that he was a gift and I was given the gift of life through him and I am forever grateful and so am I three children and my siblings his bedside manner was absolutely excellent and his staff before and after the surgery have been absolutely absolutely excellent I could never say enough good things after all he did something that most said was impossible and now I can live a healthy constructive life there were other complications for me as an individual but they address them all and found solutions for everything forever grateful I am"

Posted by Tara Volpe , Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 06/14/2018

"My surgery was very complex,in part because of the severe calcification of my aorta which was in dire need of repair, described as "an eggshell ". This I learned in discussion with Dr Varghese , whom I saw twice a day post op in the hospital. I have to say, I looked forward to seeing him each day. I feel that I could not be luckier to have had this surgeon as the procedure was so very complex. Thank you so very much . "

Posted by William White, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/12/2018

"My experience with Dr Varghese was perfect from beginning to end. He made me feel very special and explained the surgery to me so that I was comfortable and knew all about what he would be doing. After surgery Dr Varghese was there to explain how thing went and answer any questions I had. He was also very good to my family and took the time to explain everything so that they were confident that I was in good hands and that Dr Varghese would be easily available if they wanted to get in touch with him. I am very grateful to Dr Varghese for making my 3 valve surgery such a good experience"

Posted by Patricia Colontonio, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 03/15/2018

"Dr. Varghese was fantastic. He is easy to speak to, very down to earth. His team is also great and followed me after I got home until I was well on the way to recovery. I was back to work ahead of schedule. I would recommend Dr. Varghese to anyone who needs any kind of heart valve surgery. "

Posted by Joe Conciatori, Aortic Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 12/17/2017

"I cannot say enough great things about Dr. Varghese. From the moment I had my consulation he put me at ease with excepting that I needed surgery. Im 42 and had a bicuspid aortic valve and a huge aortic aneurysm that needed to be repaired. He told me my different options for fixing my aortic valve and he told me about the Ross Procedure. Taking my pulmunary valve, placing it into the aortic position and having a cadaver valve placed were my pulmunary valve was. This way I have my own valve in the aortic position. After speaking with him, I knew he was the person I was going to entrust my life to without hesitation. Well I had my surgery on 10/5/17 and I am doing great. My scar is only not even 6 inches long and its healing so well and you cannot even tell i had surgery because you cant notice my scar. Anytime I had any issue Dr. Varghese and Mt. Sinai hospital staff were there to answer questions. Dr. Varghese saved my life and I am so thankful and my son is also. I will have many more years with my son and my family thanks to Dr. Varghese."

Posted by Jennifer Campanella, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Ross Procedure, 10/08/2017

"Upon arrival at Mt. Sinai, I met Dr. Varghese almost immediately. His thorough explanation of the procedure we were about to undertake made me feel at ease and very confident that I was in the best of hands. Having survived the surgery, Dr. Varghese and his staff were very attentive every day in the ICU, which gave me another confidence boost. Robin's daily visits were thorough and full of humor and extensive detail, no matter what kind of question I might have for him. To say he saved my life is an understatement. I wish him as much success as he had with me with all of his present & future heart patients. Thank you, Dr. Varghese & Co. "

Posted by David Mettee, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 06/21/2017

"Dr. Varghese is great, bedside manner wonderful. He is very informative and the comfort in his words took a lot of strain from my state of mind. He made me understand the surgery (which went well). I am in good recovery. My follow-up visit with Dr. Varghese was excellent. "

Posted by Wanchor Dong, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 03/20/2017

"On August 30th, 2016, I went for my annual physical. My doctor asked how long I had a heart murmur. My response was, “I don’t have a heart murmur”. He sent me for an Echocardiogram on September 13th. My doctor called me back and said I need to see a cardiologist because I have some mitral valve issues. I went to see my husband’s cardiologist on September 26th who did another Echocardiogram and arranged for me to see Dr. Varghese on September 27. After meeting with Dr. Varghese I was shocked how at ease he made me feel and explained what had to be done. He gave me the choice to have an Echocardiogram and be checked every three months since I didn’t have any symptoms. However, once he heard my family history with heart issues, he recommended I have my mitral valve repaired. I’m a very nervous person and any time I walk into a doctor’s office my blood pressure goes up. That was not the case with Dr. Varghese. He made me feel comfortable and answered all my questions.

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."

Posted by Helene Farrell, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 11/14/2016

"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."

Posted by Alan Seraita, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 12/21/2016

"Dr. Varghese has a unique combination of being extremely knowledgeable, skillful, and capable, while at the same time being kind, caring, and human. He took all the time we needed in appointments to answer questions, offer different possibilities, and make us feel at ease. I went in terrified that at 45 I was in need of urgent surgery to remove and replace a huge aortic aneurysm and repair my aortic valve, and left knowing that everything was going to be alright. The surgery went perfectly, Dr. Varghese took time with my family to explain how it went and reassure them that I was fine. Recovery was quick and easy. At no point did we ever feel that there could be a better doctor out there. The experience at Mount Sinai was wonderful- literally every person who came into my room introduced themselves and asked how I was and did I need anything. I can't say enough about my stay.

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."

Posted by Kendra Collins, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 09/29/2016

"Dr. Varghese makes you feel safe and confident. He is honest and soft spoken but his surgical skills are what make him so special. He exceeded our expectations."

Posted by Pinchas Kupperman, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 09/26/2016

"Having heart surgery is pretty scary. However, every time I looked up Dr. Varghese was standing there. He patiently answered all of my questions - always reassuring me how well everything was moving along. My healing was quick - my scar was barely visible. Plus all of my family members were amazed about how much time he made himself available to speak with them and answer all their questions and address any concerns they may have had. I can't say enough about the care I received. I would recommend him highly as a surgeon and a doctor who has compassion and cares about his patients."

Posted by Geraldine Ruiz, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/22/2016

"My experience with Dr. Varghese was positive in every respect. The results of my surgery have been terrific. He is technically a wonderful surgeon and personally a caring and care-giving doctor. I felt completely at ease with Dr. Varghese from the moment we said hello, and at ease with literally putting my life in his hands, and that feeling increased with every interaction. During my hospital stay he was involved in all aspects of my care, no detail too small for him to address. He remained calm in all circumstances and was decisive about my care. His warm and caring bedside manner was extended to my entire family. We are grateful to Dr. Varghese for everything he did for us."

Posted by Paul Sinreich, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/25/2016

"When I was first told I needed mitral and tricuspid valve repair surgery, I was stunned. Then I met Dr. Varghese and I knew I was in good hands. His calm and professional manner immediately put me and my husband at ease. He explained in detail my condition, and how I would benefit from surgery. He spoke to my family immediately after surgery and kept my husband and me updated on a daily basis while I was hospitalized. The day I went for my post-op check, I wore a V-neck blouse; and he was just as pleased as I that my incision is barely noticeable!"

Posted by Rosemary Del Signore, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 02/23/2016

"I was directed to Dr. Varghese by several cardiologists in the city after seeking second opinions on my mitral valve prolapse. He was attentive and assuring from the very first time we met and he paid particular attention to involving my family in the process early on, I assume given my young age. His confidence had a calming effect on me to the point where I wasn't at all nervous before the procedure. He has a contagious easy going vibe which really helped my family relax. Dr. Varghese explained the operation in the most understandable way which made it seem like a simple procedure but that's just how skilled he is. I thought it was really nice that he worried about the size of my incision and scar which is great for those worried about the beauty aspect of it. During my stay at the hospital he visited often to make sure I was doing okay and to keep track of my progress. His team was also very attentive and personable with their treatment. "

Posted by Moraima Capellan , Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/24/2015

"I had an excellent experience with Dr. Varghese. From the very first visit, I felt confident I was in expert hands. Dr. Varghese is warm, kind and clearly extremely competent in his field. He repaired a very damaged mitral value, as well as my tricuspid valve. My surgery went very smoothly, and after he and his staff were monitoring me daily at the hospital, and ensuring I was getting everything I needed to be comfortable.

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! "

Posted by Jackie Comp, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 12/10/2015

"I would definitely recommend Dr. Varghese. He has patience of a saint, and explains everything in detailed matter. He is very caring and patient. I had a triple bypass and thank God I'm alive because of him. THUMBS UP!"

Posted by Caroline Villante, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/18/2015

"Dr. Varghese was one of the most caring and compassionate doctors that I have ever had . He moved his entire schedule around , just so he could perform the required surgery that was desperately needed.

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."

Posted by Raymond Siegel, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/21/2015

"Dr. Varghese was recommended to me by my cardiologist to perform a much needed aortic valve replacement. Dr. Varghese, his office staff and medical staff are by your sided for the entire process from the initial to the post-op visits. While in the hospital and after successful open heart surgery, Dr. Varghese came to see me every day along with several visits from nurse practitioners on his staff. After release from the hospital I was able to call the doctor or one of his nurse practitioners fairly quickly with any questions or concerns.

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. "

Posted by JOSEPH WARD, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/18/2015

"I was terrified when I learned that I needed open heart surgery. My family and I met with Dr. Varghese three weeks before surgery and were very impressed with his kind, compassionate manner. He explained the surgery and recovery and carefully answered all our questions. After meeting him I felt that I was in good hands and was much more relaxed about the surgery. He visited me every day in the hospital and saw me six weeks after my surgery. I have had a good recovery. He spent a lot of time with me at that last visit. I would highly recommend him as an excellent surgeon and a very caring man who saw me as an individual."

Posted by Marsha Abelson, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 03/31/2015

"Dr. Robin Varghese made this very difficult time in my life a lot easier to deal with. His bedside manner is unlike any I have ever experienced with any doctor in my lifetime. He took his time explaining the procedure to me and made sure he answered all of my questions and concerns. Not only did I find a great doctor but I feel as if I found a friend who genuinely cared about my health and recuperation. I highly recommend Dr. Robin Varghese to anyone who needs a cardiac surgeon."

Posted by Jose Gonzalez, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/15/2015

"My mother, Phyllis Slotnick, was recommended as a candidate for tri-cuspid valve repair and maze procedure. From the moment my mother met Dr. Robin Varghese, during the pre-op consultation to the day of surgery and the 9 days at Mt. Sinai Heart post-op, she was in excellent care.

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. "

Posted by Debra Miron, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 03/23/2015

"Dr. Varghese was simply amazing. He met with myself and my family and thoroughly explained the procedure beforehand, and was very attentive the day of surgery. He has a wonderful bedside manner and I am delighted with the results of my procedure."

Posted by Frank Pugliatti, 12/17/2013

"At our first meeting, Doctor Varghese impressed me very favorably. He did his homework in that he knew, in detail, what was done in my heart surgery thirteen years earlier.

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."

Posted by Leonard August, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/24/2014

"Dr. Varghese provided me with the utmost excellent care including detailed explanation of the procedure and expected recovery after the procedure. I highly recommend Dr. Varghese to anyone considering this surgery."

Posted by Isidoro Baccarini, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 03/20/2014

"By some of the best luck we have ever had, or intervention by God, Dr. Varghese was the surgeon on call at Mount Sinai when my husband was rushed there from Greenwich Hospital in the middle of the night.

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."

Posted by Sara Linehan, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 02/23/2014

"I couldn't ask for a better surgeon. He clearly explained the procedure, made me feel comfortable & safe. I knew I was in good hands the moment I met Dr. Varghese. I have lots of energy, and I healed well. I never needed a pain killer, and I believe Dr. Varghese was blessed with a special gift. I would recommend Dr. Varghese to everyone in need of heart surgery."

Posted by Vincenzo Giocoli, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/17/2013

"I want to talk to you about Dr. Varghese and Mt. Sinai hospital. When I heard my dad was going to Mt. Sinai for his heart surgery I was nervous because I‘ve seen how big the hospital was and just thought he was going to be another number and get lost in the mix, boy was I wrong. From the first visit with Dr Varghese I knew we were making the right choice and here is why…..

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."

Posted by Joseph De Luca , Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/08/2013