Roberto B Vargas, MD
Title Associate Professor
Institution Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Department Internal Medicine
School College of Medicine
Address 200 Medical Plaza, Suite 420


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Overview
I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research (GIM-HSR) at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and an Associate Natural Scientist at the RAND Corporation. Germane to this effort I am currently conducting community partnered research to develop interventions to reduce disparities in kidney disease, cancer and social determinants of health. This includes employing a novel approach to CBPR developed by South Los Angeles community members and researchers from Charles Drew University and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. This approach creates a four step framework for community-academic partnered research: 1) identifying a shared public health problem 2) convening stakeholder groups 3) exchange of knowledge through conferences and then 4) development of work groups from the conferences that expand the pool of community level participants who will contribute to developing action plans and interventions. I?ve described the use of these methods for my recent work on chronic kidney disease in the manuscript in Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease. I am also applying these methods to my recent work with UCLA colleague, Dr. Arleen Brown, CERP Co-Chair, and the Los Angeles Urban League on a California Endowment funded project examining the health conditions in a 70-block area of South Los Angeles. I am also conducting similar community-partnered research to understand and reduce cancer disparities as the academic co-leader of the community core for the NCI funded UCLA and Charles Drew University U54 Partnership for Cancer Research, Prevention and Control.
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1. Chambers LM, Morton M, Lampert E, Yao M, Debernardo R, Rose PG, Vargas R. Use of Prophylactic Closed Incision Negative Pressure Therapy Is Associated with Reduced Surgical Site Infections in Gynecologic Oncology Patients Undergoing Laparotomy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2020 May 14.
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2. 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 Feb 29; 14(2):199-206.
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3. 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.
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4. 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).
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5. Walters MS, Grass JE, Bulens SN, Hancock EB, Phipps EC, Muleta D, Mounsey J, Kainer MA, Concannon C, Dumyati G, Bower C, Jacob J, Cassidy PM, Beldavs Z, Culbreath K, Phillips WE, Hardy DJ, Vargas RL, Oethinger M, Ansari U, Stanton R, Albrecht V, Halpin AL, Karlsson M, Rasheed JK, Kallen A. Carbapenem-Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa at US Emerging Infections Program Sites, 2015. Emerg Infect Dis. 2019 07; 25(7):1281-1288.
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6. 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.
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7. Vargas R, Gopal P, Kuzmishin GB, DeBernardo R, Koyfman SA, Jha BK, Mian OY, Scott J, Adams DJ, Peacock CD, Abazeed ME. Case study: patient-derived clear cell adenocarcinoma xenograft model longitudinally predicts treatment response. NPJ Precis Oncol. 2018; 2:14.
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8. Connor EV, Moulton LJ, Costales AB, Vargas R, Michener CM, AlHilli MM. Intestinal Surgery in Gynecologic Oncology: Are We Training for the Future? Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2018 06; 28(5):983-988.
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9. Hiatt RA, Sibley A, Fejerman L, Glantz S, Nguyen T, Pasick R, Palmer N, Perkins A, Potter MB, Somsouk M, Vargas RA, van 't Veer LJ, Ashworth A. The San Francisco Cancer Initiative: A Community Effort To Reduce The Population Burden Of Cancer. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 01; 37(1):54-61.
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10. Schillinger D, Ling PM, Fine S, Boyer CB, Rogers E, Vargas RA, Bibbins-Domingo K, Chou WS. Reducing Cancer and Cancer Disparities: Lessons From a Youth-Generated Diabetes Prevention Campaign. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Sep; 53(3S1):S103-S113.
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11. 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.
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12. 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.
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13. 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.
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14. Grumbach K, Vargas RA, Fleisher P, Aragón TJ, Chung L, Chawla C, Yant A, Garcia ER, Santiago A, Lang PL, Jones P, Liu W, Schmidt LA. Achieving Health Equity Through Community Engagement in Translating Evidence to Policy: The San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership, 2010-2016. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 03 23; 14:E27.
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15. 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.
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16. Vargas RJ, Farid H, Goldenson RP, Fairchild AH, Dorton BJ, Bromley BS. Ovarian Teratomas and Anti-N-Methyl-d-Aspartate Receptor Encephalitis: Why Sonography First? J Ultrasound Med. 2016 Apr; 35(4):852-4.
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17. Rauh-Hain JA, Vargas RJ, Clemmer J, Clark RM, Bradford LS, Growdon WB, Goodman A, Boruta DM, Schorge JO, del Carmen MG. Mucinous Adenocarcinoma of the Endometrium Compared With Endometrioid Endometrial Cancer: A SEER Analysis. Am J Clin Oncol. 2016 Feb; 39(1):43-8.
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18. 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.
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19. 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.
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20. 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.
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21. 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).
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22. Branche AR, Walsh EE, Vargas R, Hulbert B, Formica MA, Baran A, Peterson DR, Falsey AR. Serum Procalcitonin Measurement and Viral Testing to Guide Antibiotic Use for Respiratory Infections in Hospitalized Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Infect Dis. 2015 Dec 01; 212(11):1692-700.
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23. Rauh-Hain JA, Foley OW, Winograd D, Andrade C, Clark RM, Vargas RJ, Hinchcliff EM, Esselen KM, Horowitz NS, del Carmen MG. Clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with stage I epithelial ovarian cancer compared with fallopian tube cancer. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 May; 212(5):600.e1-8.
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24. Vargas R, Keryan A, Minassian VA. Appendiceal adhesion to synthetic mesh after laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy: a case report. Int Urogynecol J. 2015 Jan; 26(1):155-7.
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25. 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.
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26. Vargas R, Barroilhet LM, Esselen K, Diver E, Bernstein M, Goldstein DP, Berkowitz RS. Subsequent pregnancy outcomes after complete and partial molar pregnancy, recurrent molar pregnancy, and gestational trophoblastic neoplasia: an update from the New England Trophoblastic Disease Center. J Reprod Med. 2014 May-Jun; 59(5-6):188-94.
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27. 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.
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28. 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.
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29. 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.
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30. Fanning J, Kesterson J, Davies M, Green J, Penezic L, Vargas R, Harkins G. Effects of electrosurgery and vaginal closure technique on postoperative vaginal cuff dehiscence. JSLS. 2013 Jul-Sep; 17(3):414-7.
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31. Diver E, May T, Vargas R, Bernstein M, Goldstein D, Berkowitz R. Changes in clinical presentation of postterm choriocarcinoma at the New England Trophoblastic Disease Center in recent years. Gynecol Oncol. 2013 Sep; 130(3):483-6.
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32. Friedel V, Chang A, Wills J, Vargas R, Xu Q, Pichichero ME. Impact of respiratory viral infections on a-hemolytic streptococci and otopathogens in the nasopharynx of young children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Jan; 32(1):27-31.
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33. 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.
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34. Vargas RB, Norris KC. Kidney disease progression and screening cost-effectiveness among African Americans. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2012 Dec; 23(12):1915-6.
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35. 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.
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36. Mayer TK, Vargas RL, Knebel AE, Williams SA, Culver SP, Clark DM, King LR. Hepatitis B assays in serum, plasma and whole blood on filter paper. BMC Clin Pathol. 2012 May 20; 12:8.
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37. Bowles DJ, Olson AS, Hodges NH, Heglund DL, Vargas RL, Williams SA. Chemiluminescent identification and quantification of artemisinin and relevant sesquiterpene lactone derivatives. Appl Spectrosc. 2012 Feb; 66(2):175-9.
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38. 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.
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39. 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.
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40. 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.
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41. Norrbrand L, Tous-Fajardo J, Vargas R, Tesch PA. Quadriceps muscle use in the flywheel and barbell squat. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2011 Jan; 82(1):13-9.
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42. Rettig R, Vargas R, Norris K, Nissenson AR. A 'quiet revolution' in nephrology. Nephrol News Issues. 2010 Nov; 24(12):18-9, 23.
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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.
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44. 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.
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45. Vargas R, Repke JT, Ural SH. Type 1 diabetes mellitus and pregnancy. Rev Obstet Gynecol. 2010; 3(3):92-100.
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46. Nilsson H, Nordell A, Vargas R, Douglas L, Jonas E, Blomqvist L. Assessment of hepatic extraction fraction and input relative blood flow using dynamic hepatocyte-specific contrast-enhanced MRI. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2009 Jun; 29(6):1323-31.
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47. 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.
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48. Cruz LS, Vargas R, Lopes AA. Snakebite envenomation and death in the developing world. Ethn Dis. 2009; 19(1 Suppl 1):S1-42-6.
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49. 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.
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50. 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.
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51. 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.
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52. 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.
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53. Vargas R, Lang CH. Alcohol accelerates loss of muscle and impairs recovery of muscle mass resulting from disuse atrophy. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2008 Jan; 32(1):128-37.
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54. Torkzad MR, Vargas R, Tanaka C, Blomqvist L. Value of cine MRI for better visualization of the proximal small bowel in normal individuals. Eur Radiol. 2007 Nov; 17(11):2964-8.
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55. Vargas RL, Felgar RE, Rothberg PG. Detection of clonality in lymphoproliferations using PCR of the antigen receptor genes: does size matter? Leuk Res. 2008 Feb; 32(2):335-8.
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56. 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.
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57. 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.
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58. 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.
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59. 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.
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60. Vargas RL, Fallone E, Felgar RE, Friedberg JW, Arbini AA, Andersen AA, Rothberg PG. Is there an association between ocular adnexal lymphoma and infection with Chlamydia psittaci? The University of Rochester experience. Leuk Res. 2006 May; 30(5):547-51.
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61. Vargas RL, Felgar RE, Rothberg PG. Re: Prognostic significance of a short sequence insertion in the MCL-1 promoter in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2005 Jul 20; 97(14):1089-90; author reply 1093-5.
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62. 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.
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63. 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.
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64. 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.
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65. Conti Díaz IA, Vargas R, Apolo A, Moraña JA, Pedrana G, Cardozo E, Almeida E. Mycotic bovine nasal granuloma. Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo. 2003 May-Jun; 45(3):163-6.
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