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Roberto B Vargas, MD

TitleAssociate Professor
Faculty RankAssociate Professor
InstitutionCharles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
DepartmentInternal Medicine
Address200 Medical Plaza, Suite 420
200 Medical Plaza, Suite 420
Los Angeles CA 90095
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    1. Adinkrah EK, Bazargan S, Cobb S, Kibe LW, Vargas R, Waller J, Sanchez H, Bazargan M. Mobilizing faith-based COVID-19 health ambassadors to address COVID-19 health disparities among African American older adults in under-resourced communities: A hybrid, community-based participatory intervention. PLoS One. 2024; 19(2):e0285963. PMID: 38358995.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    2. Santiago LH, Vargas RB, Pipolo DO, Pan D, Tiwari S, Dehghan K, Bazargan-Hejazi S. Predictors of hospital readmissions in adult patients with sickle cell disease. Am J Blood Res. 2023; 13(6):189-197. PMID: 38223313.
    3. Ekwegh T, Cobb S, Adinkrah EK, Vargas R, Kibe LW, Sanchez H, Waller J, Ameli H, Bazargan M. Factors Associated with Telehealth Utilization among Older African Americans in South Los Angeles during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 02 02; 20(3). PMID: 36768041.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    4. Rios-Fetchko F, Carson M, Gonzalez Ramirez M, Butler JZ, Vargas R, Cabrera A, Gallegos-Castillo A, LeSarre M, Liao M, Woo K, Ellis R, Liu K, Doyle B, Leung L, Grumbach K, Fernandez A. COVID-19 Vaccination Perceptions Among Young Adults of Color in the San Francisco Bay Area. Health Equity. 2022; 6(1):836-844. PMID: 36479186.
    5. Butler JZ, Carson M, Rios-Fetchko F, Vargas R, Cabrera A, Gallegos-Castillo A, LeSarre M, Liao M, Woo K, Ellis R, Liu K, Burra A, Ramirez M, Doyle B, Leung L, Fernandez A, Grumbach K. COVID-19 vaccination readiness among multiple racial and ethnic groups in the San Francisco Bay Area: A qualitative analysis. PLoS One. 2022; 17(5):e0266397. PMID: 35550627.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    6. Venegas-Murillo AL, Bazargan M, Grace S, Cobb S, Vargas R, Givens S, Li-Sarain S, Delgado C, Villatoro J, Goodall A, Tesimale R, Ramirez S, Brown M, Uyanne J, Assari S. Mitigating COVID-19 Risk and Vaccine Hesitancy Among Underserved African American and Latinx Individuals with Mental Illness Through Mental Health Therapist-Facilitated Discussions. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023 06; 10(3):1358-1370. PMID: 35534682.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Chambers LM, Chalif J, Vargas R. Analysis of patient experiences with gestational trophoblastic neoplasia reported on Instagram social media. Gynecol Oncol. 2022 06; 165(3):603-609. PMID: 35410731.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Chalif J, Yao M, Gruner M, Kuznicki M, Vargas R, Rose PG, Michener C, DeBernardo R, Chambers L. Incidence and prognostic significance of inguinal lymph node metastasis in women with newly diagnosed epithelial ovarian cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2022 04; 165(1):90-96. PMID: 35272875.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Lesho E, Newhart D, Reno L, Sleeper S, Nary J, Gutowski J, Yu S, Walsh E, Vargas R, Riedy D, Mayo R. Effectiveness of various cleaning strategies in acute and long-term care facilities during novel corona virus 2019 disease pandemic-related staff shortages. PLoS One. 2022; 17(1):e0261365. PMID: 35061676.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    10. AlHilli MM, Rybicki L, Carr C, Yao M, Amarnath S, Vargas R, Debernardo R, Michener C, Rose PG. Development and validation of a comprehensive clinical risk-scoring model for prediction of overall survival in patients with endometrioid endometrial carcinoma. Gynecol Oncol. 2021 12; 163(3):511-516. PMID: 34607712.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Spinicci M, Fumagalli C, Maurizi N, Guglielmi E, Roselli M, Gamboa H, Strohmeyer M, Poma V, Vargas R, Olivotto I, Bartoloni A. Feasibility of a Combined Mobile-Health Electrocardiographic and Rapid Diagnostic Test Screening for Chagas-Related Cardiac Alterations. Microorganisms. 2021 Sep 06; 9(9). PMID: 34576784.
    12. Chambers LM, Chalif J, Yao M, Chichura A, Morton M, Gruner M, Costales AB, Horowitz M, Chau DB, Vargas R, Rose PG, Michener CM, Debernardo R. Modified frailty index predicts postoperative complications in women with gynecologic cancer undergoing cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Gynecol Oncol. 2021 08; 162(2):368-374. PMID: 34083027.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Chambers LM, Michener CM, Rose PG, Reizes O, Yao M, Vargas R. Impact of antibiotic treatment on immunotherapy response in women with recurrent gynecologic cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2021 04; 161(1):211-220. PMID: 33504455.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Carr C, Son J, Yao M, Priyadarshini A, Marquard J, Vargas R, Michener C, AlHilli MM. Clinicopathologic characteristics and outcomes of endometrial Cancer patients with mismatch repair deficiency in the era of universal Lynch syndrome screening. Gynecol Oncol. 2020 12; 159(3):712-720. PMID: 33046272.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    15. Chambers LM, Kuznicki M, Yao M, Chichura A, Gruner M, Reizes O, Debernardo R, Rose PG, Michener C, Vargas R. Impact of antibiotic treatment during platinum chemotherapy on survival and recurrence in women with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2020 12; 159(3):699-705. PMID: 32950250.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Chambers LM, Costales AB, Crean-Tate K, Kuznicki M, Morton M, Horowitz M, Jagielo T, Rose PG, Michener C, Vargas R, Debernardo R. A guide to establishing a hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy program in gynecologic oncology. Gynecol Oncol. 2020 09; 158(3):794-802. PMID: 32624234.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Spinicci M, Gabrielli S, Rojo D, Gamboa H, Macchioni F, Mantella A, Lara Y, Villagr?n AL, Roselli M, Strohmeyer M, Cinelli C, Corti G, Bartalesi F, Vargas R, Vedia A, Castellanos P, Monasterio J, Cancrini G, Bartoloni A. Trypanosoma cruzi infection in the human population of the Bolivian Chaco: four serosurveys over a 26-year period (1987-2013). J Infect Dev Ctries. 2020 02 29; 14(2):199-206. PMID: 32146455.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    18. Norris KC, Duru OK, Alicic RZ, Daratha KB, Nicholas SB, McPherson SM, Bell DS, Shen JI, Jones CR, Moin T, Waterman AD, Neumiller JJ, Vargas RB, Bui AAT, Mangione CM, Tuttle KR. Rationale and design of a multicenter Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and at-risk for CKD electronic health records-based registry: CURE-CKD. BMC Nephrol. 2019 11 20; 20(1):416. PMID: 31747918.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Bazargan M, Mian N, Cobb S, Vargas R, Assari S. Insomnia Symptoms among African-American Older Adults in Economically Disadvantaged Areas of South Los Angeles. Brain Sci. 2019 Nov 02; 9(11). PMID: 31684049.
    20. Chambers LM, Vargas R, Michener CM. Sentinel lymph node mapping in endometrial and cervical cancer: a survey of practices and attitudes in gynecologic oncologists. J Gynecol Oncol. 2019 May; 30(3):e35. PMID: 30887757.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Camacho-Thompson DE, Vargas R. Organized Community Activity Participation and the Dynamic Roles of Neighborhood Violence and Gender among Latino Adolescents. Am J Community Psychol. 2018 09; 62(1-2):87-100. PMID: 30071136.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Mahdi H, Han X, Moulton L, Vargas R. Trends in Survival of Patients With Uterine Serous Carcinoma From 1988 to 2011: A Population-Based Study. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2017 07; 27(6):1155-1164. PMID: 28562471.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Bruce MA, Martins D, Duru K, Beech BM, Sims M, Harawa N, Vargas R, Kermah D, Nicholas SB, Brown A, Norris KC. Church attendance, allostatic load and mortality in middle aged adults. PLoS One. 2017; 12(5):e0177618. PMID: 28520779.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Pay?n DD, Sloane DC, Illum J, Vargas RB, Lee D, Galloway-Gilliam L, Lewis LB. Catalyzing Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions in Safety Net Settings: A Clinical-Community Partnership in South Los Angeles. Health Promot Pract. 2017 07; 18(4):586-597. PMID: 28443342.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Mahdi H, Han X, Abdul-Karim F, Vargas R. Racial disparity in survival of patients with uterine serous carcinoma: Changes in clinical characteristics, patterns of care and outcomes over time from 1988 to 2011. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 Nov; 143(2):334-345. PMID: 26948694.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Brown AF, Morris DM, Kahn KL, Sankar? IC, King KM, Vargas R, Lucas-Wright A, Jones LF, Flowers A, Jones FU, Bross R, Banner D, Del Pino HE, Pitts OL, Zhang L, Porter C, Madrigal SK, Vassar SD, Vangala S, Liang LJ, Martinez AB, Norris KC. The Healthy Community Neighborhood Initiative: Rationale and Design. Ethn Dis. 2016 01 21; 26(1):123-32. PMID: 26843805.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Vargas R. How health navigators legitimize the Affordable Care Act to the uninsured poor. Soc Sci Med. 2016 09; 165:263-270. PMID: 26806315.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Bazargan M, Lucas-Wright A, Jones L, Vargas R, Vadgama JV, Evers-Manly S, Maxwell AE. Understanding Perceived Benefit of Early Cancer Detection: Community-Partnered Research with African American Women in South Los Angeles. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2015 Sep; 24(9):755-61. PMID: 26131760.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Sankar? IC, Bross R, Brown AF, Del Pino HE, Jones LF, Morris DM, Porter C, Lucas-Wright A, Vargas R, Forge N, Norris KC, Kahn KL. Strategies to Build Trust and Recruit African American and Latino Community Residents for Health Research: A Cohort Study. Clin Transl Sci. 2015 Oct; 8(5):412-20. PMID: 26094679.
      Citations: 37     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. King KM, Morris D, Jones L, Lucas-Wright A, Jones F, Del Pino HE, Porter C, Vargas R, Kahn K, Brown AF, Norris KC. The Los Angeles Healthy Community Neighborhood Initiative: A Ten Year Experience in Building and Sustaining a Successful Community-Academic Partnership. HSOA J Community Med Public Health Care. 2015; 2(2). PMID: 27747314.
    31. Ashing K, Serrano M, Weitzel J, Lai L, Paz B, Vargas R. Towards developing a bilingual treatment summary and survivorship care plan responsive to Spanish language preferred breast cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv. 2014 Dec; 8(4):580-94. PMID: 24859132.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Flagmeier SG, Ray KL, Parkinson AL, Li K, Vargas R, Price LR, Laird AR, Larson CR, Robin DA. The neural changes in connectivity of the voice network during voice pitch perturbation. Brain Lang. 2014 May; 132:7-13. PMID: 24681401.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Vargas R, Rauh-Hain JA, Clemmer J, Clark RM, Goodman A, Growdon WB, Schorge JO, Del Carmen MG, Horowitz NS, Boruta DM. Tumor size, depth of invasion, and histologic grade as prognostic factors of lymph node involvement in endometrial cancer: a SEER analysis. Gynecol Oncol. 2014 May; 133(2):216-20. PMID: 24548726.
      Citations: 52     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Lucas-Wright A, Bazargan M, Jones L, Vadgama JV, Vargas R, Sarkissyan M, Smith J, Yazdanshenas H, Maxwell AE. Correlates of perceived risk of developing cancer among African-Americans in South Los Angeles. J Community Health. 2014 Feb; 39(1):173-80. PMID: 24026303.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Vargas R, Maxwell AE, Lucas-Wright A, Bazargan M, Barlett C, Jones F, Brown A, Forge N, Smith J, Vadgamma J, Jones L. A community partnered-participatory research approach to reduce cancer disparities in South Los Angeles. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2014; 8(4):471-6. PMID: 25727979.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Jones L, Bazargan M, Lucas-Wright A, Vadgama JV, Vargas R, Smith J, Otoukesh S, Maxwell AE. Comparing perceived and test-based knowledge of cancer risk and prevention among Hispanic and African Americans: an example of community participatory research. Ethn Dis. 2013; 23(2):210-6. PMID: 23530303.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. Vargas RB, Norris KC. Kidney disease progression and screening cost-effectiveness among African Americans. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2012 Dec; 23(12):1915-6. PMID: 23160510.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    38. Murali S, Arab L, Vargas R, Rastogi A, Ang A, Shetty N. Internet-based tools to assess diet and provide feedback in chronic kidney disease stage IV: a pilot study. J Ren Nutr. 2013 Mar; 23(2):e33-42. PMID: 22819321.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. Bharmal N, Kennedy D, Jones L, Lee-Johnson C, Morris D, Caldwell B, Brown A, Houston T, Meeks C, Vargas R, Franco I, Razzak AR, Brown AF. Through our eyes: exploring African-American men's perspective on factors affecting transition to manhood. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Feb; 27(2):153-9. PMID: 21910088.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. Johnston MF, Hays RD, Subramanian SK, Elashoff RM, Axe EK, Li JJ, Kim I, Vargas RB, Lee J, Yang L, Hui KK. Patient education integrated with acupuncture for relief of cancer-related fatigue randomized controlled feasibility study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2011 Jun 25; 11:49. PMID: 21703001.
      Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    41. Rettig RA, Vargas RB, Norris KC, Nissenson AR. Chronic Kidney Disease-A Quiet Revolution in Nephrology: Six Case Studies. Rand Health Q. 2011; 1(1):9. PMID: 28083165.
    42. Rettig R, Vargas R, Norris K, Nissenson AR. A 'quiet revolution' in nephrology. Nephrol News Issues. 2010 Nov; 24(12):18-9, 23. PMID: 21189749.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    
    43. Oh WK, Vargas R, Jacobus S, Leitzel K, Regan MM, Hamer P, Pierce K, Brown-Shimer S, Carney W, Ali SM, Kantoff PW, Lipton A. Elevated plasma tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 levels predict decreased survival in castration-resistant prostate cancer patients. Cancer. 2011 Feb 01; 117(3):517-25. PMID: 20862742.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    44. Schernhammer E, Haidinger G, Waldh?r T, Vargas R, Vutuc C. A study of trends in beliefs and attitudes toward cancer. J Cancer Educ. 2010 Jun; 25(2):211-6. PMID: 20432076.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    45. Cruz LS, Vargas R, Lopes AA. Leptospirosis: a worldwide resurgent zoonosis and important cause of acute renal failure and death in developing nations. Ethn Dis. 2009; 19(1 Suppl 1):S1-37-41. PMID: 19484873.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    46. Cruz LS, Vargas R, Lopes AA. Snakebite envenomation and death in the developing world. Ethn Dis. 2009; 19(1 Suppl 1):S1-42-6. PMID: 19484874.
      Citations: 31     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    47. Duru OK, Vargas RB, Kermah D, Nissenson AR, Norris KC. High prevalence of stage 3 chronic kidney disease in older adults despite normal serum creatinine. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Jan; 24(1):86-92. PMID: 18987917.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    48. Vargas RB, Ryan GW, Jackson CA, Rodriguez R, Freeman HP. Characteristics of the original patient navigation programs to reduce disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Cancer. 2008 Jul 15; 113(2):426-33. PMID: 18470906.
      Citations: 44     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    49. Brown AF, Vargas RB, Ang A, Pebley AR. The neighborhood food resource environment and the health of residents with chronic conditions: the food resource environment and the health of residents. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Aug; 23(8):1137-44. PMID: 18483833.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    50. Vargas RB, Jones L, Terry C, Nicholas SB, Kopple J, Forge N, Griffin A, Louis M, Barba L, Small L, Norris KC. Community-partnered approaches to enhance chronic kidney disease awareness, prevention, and early intervention. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2008 Apr; 15(2):153-61. PMID: 18334240.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    51. Duru OK, Vargas RB, Kermah D, Pan D, Norris KC. Health insurance status and hypertension monitoring and control in the United States. Am J Hypertens. 2007 Apr; 20(4):348-53. PMID: 17386339.
      Citations: 48     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    52. Vargas RB, Mangione CM, Asch S, Keesey J, Rosen M, Schonlau M, Keeler EB. Can a chronic care model collaborative reduce heart disease risk in patients with diabetes? J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Feb; 22(2):215-22. PMID: 17356989.
      Citations: 32     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    53. Vargas RB, Cunningham WE. Evolving trends in medical care-coordination for patients with HIV and AIDS. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2006 Nov; 3(4):149-53. PMID: 17032573.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    54. Martins D, Tareen N, Zadshir A, Pan D, Vargas R, Nissenson A, Norris K. The association of poverty with the prevalence of albuminuria: data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). Am J Kidney Dis. 2006 Jun; 47(6):965-71. PMID: 16731291.
      Citations: 42     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    55. Gamboa-Dominguez A, Dominguez-Fonseca C, Chavarri-Guerra Y, Vargas R, Reyes-Gutierrez E, Green D, Quintanilla-Martinez L, Luber B, Busch R, Becker KF, Becker I, H?fler H, Fend F. E-cadherin expression in sporadic gastric cancer from Mexico: exon 8 and 9 deletions are infrequent events associated with poor survival. Hum Pathol. 2005 Jan; 36(1):29-35. PMID: 15712179.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    56. 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 Nov; 15(4):562-75. PMID: 15531815.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    57. Vargas RB, Landon BE, Shapiro MF. The future of health services research in academic medicine. Am J Med. 2004 Apr 01; 116(7):503-7. PMID: 15047048.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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