Dr. Varghese is the director of the thoracic surgery program at Harborview Medical Center and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
Patient Care Philosophy: "Ideal health care should be focused on the needs of our patients and their families. Our team of health-care professionals is committed to delivering the highest quality health care possible in an environment of service excellence. We practice state-of-the art medicine in combination with old-fashioned personal attention, thus combining the best in expertise with the best in bedside care. Exceptional patient care is our highest priority."
Scope Of Care: Benign and malignant disease of the lungs, esophagus, chest wall and mediastinum; thoracic trauma; and minimally invasive applications for general thoracic surgery.
Research Interests: Thoracic surgical outcomes and quality of care research using population-based data, cost and utility analyses and patient-derived outcomes; application of surgical simulation in the training of cardiothoracic surgeons in advanced surgical skills; surgical education; and clinical trials in general thoracic surgery.
Teaching Interests: He is an associate program director of the cardiothoracic surgery residency at UW, and is dedicated to the education of medical students, residents and fellows. He is also a core faculty member of the Institute of Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS).
Expertise: Pulmonary/Lung Care, Surgery, Trauma
Government Medical College - Trivandrum, Univ. of Kerala, India, Medical education, 1995
Medical College Trivandrum, Medical education, 1995
Northwestern University Medical School, Internship
Northwestern University Medical School, Residency
Northwestern University Medical School, Fellowship
Northwestern University Medical School, Teaching Appointment
Univ. of Michigan - Dept. of Thoracic Surgery, Fellowship
Awards and Honors
2011 Awarded with the physician's "Care Award" at Northwest Hospital for outstanding patient care.
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Wood DE, Farjah F, Oelschlager BK, Symons RG, MacLeod KE, Flum DR, Pellegrini CA "Variation in esophagectomy outcomes in hospitals meeting Leapfrog volume outcome standards." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2011 Apr; 91; 4; 1003-9; discussion 1009-10
Farjah F, Wood DE, Varghese TK, Massarweh NN, Symons RG, Flum DR "Health care utilization among surgically treated Medicare beneficiaries with lung cancer." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2009 Dec; 88; 6; 1749-56
Farjah F, Flum DR, Symons RG, Wood DE "Surgeon specialty and long-term survival after pulmonary resection for lung cancer." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2009 Apr; 87; 4; 995-1004; discussion 1005-6
Farjah F, Wood DE, Symons RG, Flum DR "Trends in the operative management and outcomes of T4 lung cancer." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2008 Aug; 86; 2; 368-74
American Board of Surgery
Board Certified in General Surgery since 2006
Board Certified in Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery since 2008
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