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Hernan Vargas, MD, FACS

VCS Physicians

Hernan Vargas, MD, FACS Headshot

Breast cancer patients meet us at one of the most vulnerable times in their life. For those of us who see this as a calling and not just a job, we have the privilege of helping patients, guiding them at this time when they need it most.

Work and Credentials:

Primary Location

Fair Oaks Office


Breast Surgeon

Board Certification

American Board of Surgery


Surgical Oncology National Cancer Institute (NCI) at The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD


General Surgery Harbor-UCLA Medical Center at UCLA School of Medicine, Chief Resident in General Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Medical School

“Alberto Hurtado” School of Medicine Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima-Peru

Hospital Affiliations

  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Dr. Hernan Vargas is a Breast Surgeon in Northern Virginia. He believes in a covenant relationship with each patient and family. His goal is to provide the highest quality patient-centered care within a multidisciplinary group of like-minded individuals that results in a personalized treatment plan for each patient the team is privileged to serve.

Dr. Vargas joins Virginia Cancer Specialists with over 20 years of experience in the care of women with breast cancer and benign conditions of the breast. Before joining VCS, Dr. Vargas served as Associate Professor of Surgery at UCLA; he has been Director of the Breast Programs at Harbor-UCLA, in Los Angeles, California and at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, in Fairfax, Virginia. He has contributed to the development of new surgical techniques in breast cancer care being the author of more than 100 scientific publications.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Vargas has lectured nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of several awards for leadership and teaching excellence. Dr. Vargas has been recognized as a “Top Doctor” in breast surgery by Washingtonian Magazine, LA Magazine and Castle-Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors for Cancer .

In his leisure time, Dr. Vargas enjoys family life with his wife and son and many relatives in the area. He is a former Ironman triathlete; he enjoys reading, cooking, and learning languages and music.



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Physician Publications

January 1, 2019

Northern Virginia Magazine Top Doctor 2019

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January 1, 2018

2018 Washingtonian Magazine Top Doctor Nomination

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October 1, 2010

Axillary recurrence after sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer

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More Publications by Hernan Vargas, MD, FACS

April 1, 2010

Focused microwave thermotherapy for preoperative treatment of invasive breast cancer: a review of clinical studies

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October 1, 2007

Outcomes following sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer

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October 1, 2006

Axillary regional recurrence after sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer

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October 1, 2006

Success of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in conversion of mastectomy to breast conservation surgery

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Primary Location

Fair Oaks Office Office

Fair Oaks Office

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February 1, 2022

2022 Northern Virginia Magazine Top Doctor

January 1, 2022

2022 Castle Connelly Top Doctor Award - 20 Years

November 1, 2021

2021 Washingtonian Magazine Top Doctor

November 1, 2020

Washington Magazine Top Doctors 2020

February 1, 2020

2020 Virginia Living Top Doctor

February 1, 2020

2020 Northern Virginia Magazine Top Doctors

January 1, 2019

Arlington Magazine Top Doctors 2019

January 1, 2018
Top Doctors Virginia Living Magazine 2018

Top Doctors Virginia Living Magazine 2018

January 1, 2018
Northern Virginia Magazine Top Doctors 2018

Northern Virginia Magazine Top Doctors 2018

November 1, 2017
Washingtonian Magazine Top Doctors 2017

Washingtonian Magazne Top Doctors 2017

November 1, 2016
Washingtonian Magazine Top Doctors 2016

Washingtonian Magazne Top Doctors 2016