Daniel Vargo, MD, FACS

Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) Student
Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Utah Health Care


Daniel Vargo is Program Director in General Surgery and directs the Utah Center for Innovation and Simulation in Education. Originally from Michigan, he attended the University of Michigan and continued on to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where he obtained his medical degree. This was followed by a general surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin and a trauma/critical care fellowship at the University of California- Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. After completing fellowship, Dr. Vargo took a position at the University of Utah, where he has remained for the last 17 years, rising to the level of Professor. Initially interested in trauma system develop, he has pivoted to education as his main academic and administrative interest, while still practicing general surgery, specializing in complex abdominal wall surgery. When not at work, Dr. Vargo is a runner, completing several marathons and ultramarathons. He and his wife Beverly have been married for 30 years.

What attracted you to the program?
The structure of the program, using EPAs. This allows for flexibility in designing a program that will fit with one’s overall education career goals.

Areas of Interest

Research and scholarly interests: Autonomy, resident specialty selection, simulation

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