Roberto Vargas III, M.D., M.P.H.

A Short Biography:

Roberto Vargas MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with adjunct appointments as Associate Professor of Medicine at Charles Drew University and Associate Natural Scientist at the RAND Corporation.

Work Titles
CTSI Member, CTSI Member, Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP)
RAND Associate Natural Scientist, Faculty, RAND
UCLA Associate Professor, Medicine Visiting Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research
M.D., Jefferson Medical College, 1991 - 1995
M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, 1999 - 2002
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1987 - 1991
2000 - 2002 Beth Israel Deaconess Med Ctr-East Campus
1995 - 1996 Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program
Academic Experience:
2010 - Special recognition from the City Council of Los Angeles for efforts to increase awareness, education and screening for chronic kidney disease
2009 - Recognition , Recognition of service to the American Diabetes Association, African-American initiatives program
1998 - 1999 Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program
1996 - 1998 Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program
1999 American Board of Internal Medicine
National Research Service Award, National Research Service Award

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911 Broxton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Detailed Biography:

Bio: Dr. Vargas’s professional interests combine health services research, clinical care, and community collaborative partnerships towards the design, implementation, and testing of interventions to promote equal access to quality health care and to reduce health disparities. This currently includes co-leading a “Patient Navigation” and “Wellness Center” program to reduce disparities in cancer care and outcomes in South Los Angeles and serving as Principal Investigator on a National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities R24 funded partnership with Community Health Councils Inc. to improve cardiovascular disease outcomes in South Los Angeles. He also is a co-investigator in the Community Engagement Research Program (CERP) of the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) examining health behaviors and the impact of social determinants on health in South Los Angeles. He also serves as co-chair for the Community Academic Council of the CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities and is a co-investigator in the Accelerating Excellence in Translational Science (AXIS) Center at CDU. He completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University School of Medicine and a Masters degree in Public Health at the Harvard School Public Health. He did his residency and chief-residency in the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program, received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, and his undergraduate degree in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania.


A selected list of publications:

Vargas RB, Maxwell A, Wright –Lucas A, Bazaragn M, Barlett C, Jones F, Forge N, Smith J, Vadgama J, Jones L   A Community Partnered-Participatory Research Approach to Reduce Cancer Disparities in South Los Angeles. , Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action, 2013; .
Vargas RB, Ryan GW, Jackson CA, Rodriguez R, Freeman HF   Characteristics of The Original Patient Navigation Program to Reduce Disparities in Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer. Cancer Cancer, 2008; 113(2): 426–433.
Vargas RB, Jones L, Terry C, Nicholas S, Kopple J, Forge N, Griffin A, Louis M, Barba L, Small L, Norris K and the Building Bridges to Optimum Health World Kidney Day Los Angeles 2007 Collaborative.   Community Partnered Approaches to Enhance Chronic Kidney Disease Awareness, Prevention and Early Intervention Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease. Adv Chronic Adv Chronic Kidney Dis, 2008; 15(2): 153–161.
Vargas RB, Mangione CM, Asch SA , Keesey J, Rosen M, Schonlau M, Keeler EM.   f. Vargas RB, Mangione CM, Asch SA , Keesey J, Rosen M, Schonlau M, Keeler EM. J Gen Intern Med, 2007; 22(2): 215–222. .
Vargas RB and Cunningham WE   Evolving trends in medical care-coordination for patients with HIV and AIDS Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. , 2006; 3(4): 149-53..
Vargas RB, Davis RB, McCarthy EP, Li D, Iezzoni LI.   Racial and ethnic differences in utilization of health services in patients with diabetes enrolled in medicaid J Health Care Poor Underserved. , 2004; 15(4): 562-75..

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