Welcome New Board Member
Dr. Jorge H. Vargas


The Painted Turtle is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jorge H. Vargas to our Board of Directors. We are thrilled to have his leadership and expertise to enhance the impact of our work for children with serious illnesses and their families. 

“Dr. Vargas will be an incredible addition to the Board of Directors. His expertise and passion for our mission is indispensable and his active participation will be invaluable as we grow. – Chris Butler, CEO

Dr. Jorge H. Vargas is a pediatric gastroenterologist and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario in Colombia and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Dr. Vargas has been a long-time medical volunteer at The Painted Turtle, serving as a physician to many of the campers who attend the Camp’s liver disease and transplant session. He’s a member of The Painted Turtle Medical Advisory Board and participates in at least 2 Family Weekends and 1 Summer Session every year since camp opened its gates in 2004 and often attends with his whole family. Dr. Vargas is also fluent in Spanish, Italian, and French.

“My Painted Turtle volunteer experience has given me the opportunity to see a different perspective of the campers, something we don’t get to see in the hospital.” – Dr. Vargas