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Wendy S. Vargas, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Pediatric MS/Neuroimmunology Program Leader
Wendy S. Vargas, MD

Dr. Wendy Vargas is an Assistant Professor in Neurology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and an Attending Neurologist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University 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 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 New York 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

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

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Child Neurology

Board Certifications

  • Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
  • Child Neurology

Areas of Expertise

  • Child Neurology
  • Neuromyelitis Optica
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Optic Neuritis

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


  • Neurological Institute of New York

    710 West 168th Street
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (646) 426-3876
    (212) 305-4268


  • Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Care Center

Provider Affiliations

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

Insurance Programs

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

  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Affinity [Access (Exchange), Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care, Weill Cornell POS]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, MCD, Medicaid Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, 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]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, MCD, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Local 1199
  • MagnaCare
  • Multiplan
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, EPO, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [SelectHealth]

This provider sees pediatric patients

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (646) 426-3876

NIH Grants


    Apr 1 2015 - Mar 31 2016