Dr. Roberto Vargas
Associate Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine

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.

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.