Wendy Sulina Vargas, MD

Child Neurology, Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology, Pediatric Neurology
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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

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

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

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

Administrative Titles

  • Pediatric MS/Neuroimmunology Program Leader

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Spanish


  • Female

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Suite 5
New York, NY 10032
710 West 168th Street
Suite 2
New York, NY 10032

Insurance Accepted


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

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • 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
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care


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

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

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

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty


  • Special Needs


  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs


  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • 2007 State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine
  • Residency: 2012 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Residency: 2012 Weill Cornell Medical College

Board Certifications

  • Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
  • Child Neurology
NY Top Doctor


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