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Roberto Vargas, MD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionCharles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
DepartmentInternal Medicine
Address1731 E. 120th Street
Los Angeles CA 90059
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    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.

    R24MD007991     (VARGAS, ROBERTO BALBINO)Jan 16, 2013 - Nov 30, 2018
    A Community Collaborative Effort to Reduce the Burden of Heart Disease in A Safe*
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. 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; PMCID: PMC9915549.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    2. 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. 2022 May 09. PMID: 35534682; PMCID: PMC9083473.
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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, CURE-CKD investigators. 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; PMCID: PMC6868861.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    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). PMID: 31684049; PMCID: PMC6896036.
      Citations: 7     
    5. 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; PMCID: PMC5433740.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. 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; PMCID: PMC5593854.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. 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; PMCID: PMC4738849.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. 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
    9. 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; PMCID: PMC4589099.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. 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; PMCID: PMC4626334.
      Citations: 35     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. King KM, Morris D, Jones L, Lucas-Wright A, Jones F, Del Pino HE, Porter C, Vargas R, Kahn K, Brown AF, Norris KC, HCNI Study Group. 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; PMCID: PMC5061128.
      Citations: 7     
    12. 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: 48     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. 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; PMCID: PMC3889655.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. 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
    15. 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; PMCID: PMC3747224.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. 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; PMCID: PMC3507374.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    17. 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
    18. 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; PMCID: PMC3270242.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. 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; PMCID: PMC3144009.
      Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. 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; PMCID: PMC4945216.
      Citations: 1     
    21. 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:    
    22. 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: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. 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
    24. 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: 29     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    25. 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
    26. 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; PMCID: PMC2607515.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. 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: 45     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. 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; PMCID: PMC2517955.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Vargas RB, Jones L, Terry C, Nicholas SB, Kopple J, Forge N, Griffin A, Louis M, Barba L, Small L, Norris KC, Building Bridges to Optimum Health World Kidney Day Los Angeles 2007 Collaborative. 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
    30. 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: 47     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. 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; PMCID: PMC1824758.
      Citations: 30     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. 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
    33. 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; PMCID: PMC3863615.
      Citations: 41     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. 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
    35. 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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