Doctor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College
Master of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health
Residency, Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine
Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University School of Medicine
Assistant Dean, Health Policy and Inter-Professional Education, College of Medicine
Director, Health Services Research and Policy Core, Urban Health Institute
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
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 serving as Principal Investigator on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) R24 funded partnership with community-based organizations and safety-net health care providers to reduce disparities in cardiovascular disease detection, treatment, and poor health outcomes in South Los Angeles. He also serves as the academic chair for the Community Academic Council of the NIH National Cancer Institute funded U54 CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities. Aside from research activities he serves on the Medical Executive Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California.Dr. Vargas is board certified in Internal Medicine. He completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University School of Medicine and a Master’s 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.