Dr. Javier Vargas, Jr. grew up in Edinburg, Texas, a small town near the Mexican border. He said he is proud to be a first-generation college graduate and the first doctor in his extended family. He completed his undergraduate degree in neurobiology at the University of Texas - Austin and taught high school biology and physics upon graduation. He attended medical school at St. George's University on the island of Grenada in the West Indies. He said he is passionate about pursuing a fellowship and is interested in research with some experience with cardiac paragangliomas. He has a focus on health equity and accessibility and helped lead COVID-19 clinics across many rural low-income communities of Grenada. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, is an avid day-hiker and enthusiastic foodie. He enjoys night scuba diving, rollerblading, dancing, singing and kayaking.