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'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

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 Division of Child Neurology

Board Certifications

  • Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
  • Child Neurology

Areas of 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

Languages Spoken

(in addition to English)

  • Spanish

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


  • CUMC/Harkness Pavilion

    180 Fort Washington Avenue
    Suite: 5
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 342-6867
    (212) 342-6865
  • Neurological Institute of New York

    710 West 168th Street
    Suite: 2
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 342-6867
    (212) 342-6865


  • 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, NYP Employee Plan, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Affinity [Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs 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 [Blue Access (Exchange), EPO, Gatekeeper (Exchange), HMO, Medicare Managed Care, 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, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Leaf (Exchange), Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care, SelectHealth]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

This provider sees pediatric patients

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 342-6867

NIH Grants


    Apr 1 2015 - Mar 31 2016