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Wendy S. Vargas, MD

Board Certifications: 
Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology, Child Neurology
Accepting New Patients
Treats Children
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Credentials & Experience

NY Top Doctor

Board Certifications

  • Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
  • Child Neurology

Clinical Expertise

  • Neuro vasculitis
  • LGI1 encephalitis
  • ADEM - acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis
  • Guillain-Barre
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuromyelitis Optica
  • Child Neurology
  • Autoimmune encephalitis
  • Anti MOG (myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein)
  • Neurology complications of lupus

Specialties

Education & Training

  • 2007 State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine
  • Internship: 2008 Boston Children's Hospital
  • Residency: 2009 Boston Children's Hospital
  • Residency: 2012 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

About Wendy Vargas

Dr. Wendy Vargas is an Assistant Professor in Neurology at the Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S) and an Attending Neurologist at the NewYork-Presbyterian NYP/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She is board-certified in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology. Dr. Vargas is one of a handful of pediatric neurologists with subspecialty training in multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system. She is the program leader for the Pediatric MS and Neuroimmunology Program at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Vargas sees and cares for both adults and children with MS and other related inflammatory disorders of the brain and spine.

Dr. Vargas received her Bachelor of Science at Cornell University before obtaining her MD from the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency training at the Children's Hospital in Boston. Following her residency, Dr. Vargas completed a Pediatric Neurology Fellowship at the NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She went on to complete an additional Fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis and other Demyelinating Diseases at the Weill Cornell Multiple Sclerosis Center, working with adults and children with MS and other demyelinating diseases.

Her clinical interests include pediatric and adult multiple sclerosis, acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis, pediatric neuromyelitis optica, clinically isolated syndromes such as childhood optic neuritis and transverse myelitis, and other autoimmune diseases of the nervous system.

* Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis

* ADEM (acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis)

* Transverse myelitis

* Optic neuritis

* Clinically isolated syndrome

* Neuromyelitis optica

* Autoimmune encephalitis

* Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis

* Sydenham’s Chorea

* Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome

* CNS Vasculitis

* CNS Lupus

Academic Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

Administrative Positions

  • Pediatric MS/Neuroimmunology Program Leader

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Languages

  • Spanish

Gender

  • Female

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Affinity

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs Plan

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Healthfirst

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

VNSNY CHOICE

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs Plan

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Contact & Locations

1
180 Fort Washington Avenue
Suite 5
New York, New York 10032
Primary
2
710 West 168th Street
Suite 2
New York, New York 10032

Research

Dr. Vargas' research focuses on novel MRI techniques and cognitive dysfunction in both childhood and early adult multiple sclerosis.

Grants

RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED OPEN LABEL RATER BLINDED PHASE 3B STUDY OF EFFICACY SAFETY AND TOLERABILITY OF ^WEEK EXTENDED INTERVAL DSING OF NATLIZUMAB IN SUBJECTS WITH RELAPSING MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

May 1 2019 - May 1 2024

THE EDUCATIONAL IMPACT OF CHILDHOOD-ONSET MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (Federal Gov)

Jun 13 2019 - May 31 2022

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES OF COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION IN PEDIATRIC MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (Private)

Apr 1 2015 - Mar 31 2016