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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. 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
    2. 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.
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    3. 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: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. 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: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    5. Spinicci M, Gabrielli S, Rojo D, Gamboa H, Macchioni F, Mantella A, Lara Y, Villagrán 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: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    6. 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
    7. 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.
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    8. 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
    9. 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: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Payán 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: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. 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: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Brown AF, Morris DM, Kahn KL, Sankaré 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
    13. 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: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. 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
    15. Sankaré 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: 32     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. 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.
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    17. 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
    18. 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: 37     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. 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: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. 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: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. 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
    22. 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: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    23. 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
    24. 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
    25. 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: 32     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. 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.
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    27. 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:    
    28. 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: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Schernhammer E, Haidinger G, Waldhör 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
    30. 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
    31. 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: 42     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. 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: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. 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
    34. 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: 46     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. 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: 30     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. 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: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. 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: 40     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    38. 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, Höfler 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
    39. 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
    40. 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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