University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Scarlett Lin Gomez, MPH, PhD

Scarlett Lin Gomez, MPH, PhD

Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

Dr. Scarlett Lin Gomez is an epidemiologist with research interests in the role of social determinants of health, including race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, immigration status, sociocultural factors, and neighborhood contextual characteristics, on health outcomes. She is also Director of the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry, a part of the California Cancer Registry and the NCI Surveillance Epidemiology End Results (SEER) Program. She has contributed surveillance data regarding cancer incidence and outcome patterns and trends for distinct Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander and Hispanic ethnic groups, as well as cancer patterns by nativity status and neighborhood characteristics. She developed the California Neighborhoods Data System, a compilation of small-area level data on social and built environment characteristics, and has used these data in more than a dozen funded studies to evaluate the impact of social and built neighborhood environment factors on disease outcomes.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, CA B.A. 06/94 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI M.P.H. 06/97 Epidemiology
  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA Ph.D. 12/02 Epidemiology

Professional Experience

  • 1994-1996
    Chemist, Department of Metabolism, Bioanalysis and Pharmacokinetics, Roche Bioscience, Palo Alto, CA
  • 1996-1997
    Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1997-2000
    Res Asst (1997), Res Assoc (1998-2000), Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine, UCSF
  • 1997-2003
    Intern (1997), Res Asst (1998), Epidemiologist (1999-2003), Northern California Cancer Center (NCCC), Union City, CA
  • 2003-2009
    Research Scientist I (2003-4), Research Scientist II (2004-9), NCCC, Fremont, CA
  • 2004-2007
    Lecturer, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Health Research and Policy, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 2006-2010
    Associate Director, Surveillance Research, Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry, NCCC, Fremont, CA
  • 2007-2010
    Consulting Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Health Research and Policy, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 2009-current
    Research Scientist III, Cancer Prevention Institute of California, Fremont, CA
  • 2010-2016
    Consulting Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Health Research and Policy, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 2016-current
    Director, Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry, CPIC, Fremont, CA
  • 2017-current
    Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Honors & Awards

  • 1996-1997
    Departmental Scholarship, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

  • 1997
    Student Oncology Grant, American Cancer Society, California Division, Oakland, CA

  • 2000
    Scholarship, 7th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Cancer

  • 1998-2002
    Pre-Doctoral Cancer Training Grant, NCI (awarded to Stanford University, Stanford, CA)

  • 2007
    Selected participant, NCI Minority Investigators Workshop on Behavioral Methodologies

  • 2010
    Author of the Year, American Journal of Public Health

  • 2012
    Above and Beyond Excellence Award, Cancer Prevention Institute of California

  • 2014
    Mentoring Award, Cancer Prevention Institute of California

Selected Publications

  1. Sanchez SS, Tachachartvanich P, Stanczyk FZ, Gomez SL, John EM, Smith MT, Fejerman L. Estrogenic activity, race/ethnicity, and Indigenous American ancestry among San Francisco Bay Area women. PLoS One. 2019; 14(3):e0213809.
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  2. Martinez ME, Murphy JD, Gomez SL. Black-White Disparities in Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer: Understanding Complexity in Reported Differences. Gastroenterology. 2019 Mar; 156(4):858-859.
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  3. Morey BN, Gee GC, von Ehrenstein OS, Shariff-Marco S, Canchola AJ, Yang J, Allen L, Lee SS, Bautista R, La Chica T, Tseng W, Chang P, Gomez SL. Higher Breast Cancer Risk Among Immigrant Asian American Women Than Among US-Born Asian American Women. Prev Chronic Dis. 2019 02 14; 16:E20.
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  4. Le Y, Gao Z, Gomez SL, Pope Z, Dong R, Allen L, Chang MW, Wang JH. Acculturation and Adherence to Physical Activity Recommendations Among Chinese American and Non-Hispanic White Breast Cancer Survivors. J Immigr Minor Health. 2019 Feb; 21(1):80-88.
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  5. Borno HT, Lichtensztajn DY, Gomez SL, Palmer NR, Ryan CJ. Differential use of medical versus surgical androgen deprivation therapy for patients with metastatic prostate cancer. Cancer. 2019 Feb 01; 125(3):453-462.
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  6. Lichtensztajn DY, Leppert JT, Brooks JD, Shah SA, Sieh W, Chung BI, Gomez SL, Cheng I. Undertreatment of High-Risk Localized Prostate Cancer in the California Latino Population. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2018 Nov; 16(11):1353-1360.
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  7. Tao L, Schwab RB, San Miguel Y, Gomez SL, Canchola AJ, Gago-Dominguez M, Komenaka IK, Murphy JD, Molinolo AA, Martinez ME. Breast Cancer Mortality in Older and Younger Breast Cancer Patients in California. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Oct 17.
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  8. Ellis L, Lichtensztajn D, Gomez SL. Understanding the Limitations of Cancer Registry Insurance Data-Implications for Policy-Reply. JAMA Oncol. 2018 Oct 01; 4(10):1433-1434.
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  9. Gupta S, Tao L, Murphy JD, Camargo MC, Oren E, Valasek MA, Gomez SL, Martinez ME. Race/Ethnicity-, Socioeconomic Status-, and Anatomic Subsite-Specific Risks for Gastric Cancer. Gastroenterology. 2019 01; 156(1):59-62.e4.
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  10. DeRouen MC, Schupp CW, Yang J, Koo J, Hertz A, Shariff-Marco S, Cockburn M, Nelson DO, Ingles SA, Cheng I, John EM, Gomez SL. Impact of individual and neighborhood factors on socioeconomic disparities in localized and advanced prostate cancer risk. Cancer Causes Control. 2018 Oct; 29(10):951-966.
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  11. Ellis L, Abrahão R, McKinley M, Yang J, Somsouk M, Marchand LL, Cheng I, Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S. Colorectal Cancer Incidence Trends by Age, Stage, and Racial/Ethnic Group in California, 1990-2014. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Sep; 27(9):1011-1018.
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  12. Von Behren J, Abrahão R, Goldberg D, Gomez SL, Setiawan VW, Cheng I. The influence of neighborhood socioeconomic status and ethnic enclave on endometrial cancer mortality among Hispanics and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in California. Cancer Causes Control. 2018 Sep; 29(9):875-881.
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  13. Berry MF, Canchola AJ, Gensheimer MF, Gomez SL, Cheng I. Factors Associated With Treatment of Clinical Stage I Non-Small-cell Lung Cancer: A Population-based Analysis. Clin Lung Cancer. 2018 09; 19(5):e745-e758.
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  14. DeRouen MC, Hu L, McKinley M, Gali K, Patel M, Clarke C, Wakelee H, Haile R, Gomez SL, Cheng I. Incidence of lung cancer histologic cell-types according to neighborhood factors: A population based study in California. PLoS One. 2018; 13(5):e0197146.
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  15. Muffly L, Alvarez E, Lichtensztajn D, Abrahão R, Gomez SL, Keegan T. Patterns of care and outcomes in adolescent and young adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a population-based study. Blood Adv. 2018 04 24; 2(8):895-903.
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  16. Kroenke CH, Hershman DL, Gomez SL, Adams SR, Eldridge EH, Kwan ML, Ergas IJ, Kubo A, Kushi LH. Personal and clinical social support and adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy among hormone receptor-positive breast cancer patients in an integrated health care system. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2018 Aug; 170(3):623-631.
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  17. Nomura SJO, Hwang YT, Gomez SL, Fung TT, Yeh SL, Dash C, Allen L, Philips S, Hilakivi-Clarke L, Zheng YL, Wang JH. Correction to: Dietary intake of soy and cruciferous vegetables and treatment-related symptoms in Chinese-American and non-Hispanic White breast cancer survivors. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2018 04; 168(2):481-482.
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  18. Afghahi A, Purington N, Han SS, Desai M, Pierson E, Mathur MB, Seto T, Thompson CA, Rigdon J, Telli ML, Badve SS, Curtis CN, West RB, Horst K, Gomez SL, Ford JM, Sledge GW, Kurian AW. Higher Absolute Lymphocyte Counts Predict Lower Mortality from Early-Stage Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Jun 15; 24(12):2851-2858.
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  19. Ellis L, Canchola AJ, Spiegel D, Ladabaum U, Haile R, Gomez SL. Trends in Cancer Survival by Health Insurance Status in California From 1997 to 2014. JAMA Oncol. 2018 Mar 01; 4(3):317-323.
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  20. DeRouen MC, Schupp CW, Koo J, Yang J, Hertz A, Shariff-Marco S, Cockburn M, Nelson DO, Ingles SA, John EM, Gomez SL. Impact of individual and neighborhood factors on disparities in prostate cancer survival. Cancer Epidemiol. 2018 04; 53:1-11.
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