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Wargo, Jennifer, MD

Assistant in Surgery, Surgical Oncology, MGH
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School


Dr. Wargo's commitment has always been to advance the understanding and treatment of disease through science. Early in her career, she enrolled in nursing school to gain a fundamental insight into disease and its effect on people. Excited by what she learned, she pursued a bachelor's degree in biology. She then entered medical school at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and developed an interest in the immunologic aspects of disease. She graduated from medical school in 1998 and declared her intent to pursue a career in academic surgery.

In 1998, Dr. Wargo entered surgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital where, she became interested in the biology and treatment of cancer. She completed her residency training in general surgery in 2005, and also completed two fellowships in Surgical Oncology, one as a research fellow studying immunotherapy for the treatment of melanoma (at the University of California, Los Angeles), and another at the National Institutes of Health exploring immunotherapy for melanoma and other cancers. 
Dr. Wargo was recruited to the Division of Surgical Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in July 2008 with a clinical and research focus on immunotherapy for cancer. Dr. Wargo currently focuses her interests in melanoma, pancreatic cancer, and other gastrointestinal cancers though also cares for a significant number of patients with lymphoma. 
Dr. Wargo has made important contributions to the field of immunotherapy for melanoma and other cancers. She has been nationally recognized for these contributions, and also is recognized by her patients and peers as a competent and caring physician. She received a Patient's Choice Award in 2010 and was one of the MGH Cancer Center's One Hundred Honorees in 2011 for her contributions toward the treatment of cancer.


Neither Dr. Wargo nor any member of her family has relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.