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.

Research Funding

  • July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2025 - Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Ovarian Cancer Treatment and Survival: An Integrative Approach , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA243188
  • June 8, 2020 - May 31, 2025 - Insights from Asian Populations into Disparities in Breast Cancer Prognosis and Outcomes , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA241125
  • February 1, 2020 - November 30, 2024 - Elucidating Lung Cancer Etiology Among Asian American Female Never Smokers , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01MD014859
  • June 10, 2019 - May 31, 2024 - Cancer Registry for Understanding and Improving Survivorship Experiences (CRUISE) , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA241128


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

Honors & Awards

  • 2022
    ASPO Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., Distinguished Achievement Award
  • 2014
    Mentoring Award, Cancer Prevention Institute of California
  • 2012
    Above and Beyond Excellence Award, Cancer Prevention Institute of California
  • 2010
    Author of the Year, American Journal of Public Health
  • 2007
    Selected participant, NCI Minority Investigators Workshop on Behavioral Methodologies
  • 1998-2002
    Pre-Doctoral Cancer Training Grant, NCI (awarded to Stanford University, Stanford, CA)
  • 2000
    Scholarship, 7th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Cancer
  • 1997
    Student Oncology Grant, American Cancer Society, California Division, Oakland, CA
  • 1996-1997
    Departmental Scholarship, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Selected Publications

  1. Cheng I, Yang J, Tseng C, Wu J, Shariff-Marco S, Park SL, Conroy SM, Inamdar PP, Fruin S, Larson T, Setiawan VW, DeRouen MC, Gomez SL, Wilkens LR, Le Marchand L, Stram DO, Samet J, Ritz B, Wu AH. Traffic-related Air Pollution and Lung Cancer Incidence: The California Multiethnic Cohort Study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2022 Oct 15; 206(8):1008-1018.  View on PubMed
  2. Dee EC, Gomez SL. Cancer among Immigrants: Diverse Histories, Diverse Disparities, Diverse Opportunities to Promote Equity. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2022 07 01; 31(7):1251-1253.  View on PubMed
  3. Kurian AW, Abrahamse P, Hamilton AS, Caswell-Jin JL, Gomez SL, Hofer TJ, Ward KC, Katz SJ. Chemotherapy Regimens Received by Women With BRCA1/2 Pathogenic Variants for Early Stage Breast Cancer Treatment. JNCI Cancer Spectr. 2022 07 01; 6(4).  View on PubMed
  4. Gomez SL, Tsai CJ. Is representation enough or should we be targeting equitable inclusion? Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2022 07; 19(7):429-430.  View on PubMed
  5. Kim MH, Schwartz GL, White JS, Glymour MM, Reardon SF, Kershaw KN, Gomez SL, Collin DF, Inamdar PP, Wang G, Hamad R. School racial segregation and long-term cardiovascular health among Black adults in the US: A quasi-experimental study. PLoS Med. 2022 06; 19(6):e1004031.  View on PubMed
  6. Chen MS, Lee RJ, Madan RA, Ta Park V, Shinagawa SM, Sun T, Gomez SL. Charting a Path Towards Asian American Cancer Health Equity: A Way Forward. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 06 13; 114(6):792-799.  View on PubMed
  7. Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S, Cheng I. The Unrelenting Impact of Poverty on Cancer: Structural Inequities Call for Research and Solutions on Structural Determinants. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 06 13; 114(6):783-784.  View on PubMed
  8. Fejerman L, Ramirez AG, Nápoles AM, Gomez SL, Stern MC. Cancer Epidemiology in Hispanic Populations: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Need to Make Progress? Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2022 05 04; 31(5):932-941.  View on PubMed
  9. DeRouen MC, Tao L, Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, Shvetsov YB, Park SY, Albright CL, Monroe KR, Le Marchand L, Wilkens LR, Gomez SL, Cheng I. Neighborhood Obesogenic Environment and Risk of Prostate Cancer: The Multiethnic Cohort. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2022 05 04; 31(5):972-981.  View on PubMed
  10. Wang G, Schwartz GL, Kim MH, White JS, Glymour MM, Reardon S, Kershaw KN, Gomez SL, Inamdar PP, Hamad R. School Racial Segregation and the Health of Black Children. Pediatrics. 2022 05 01; 149(5).  View on PubMed
  11. Swami N, Chen TY, Dee EC, Gomez SL, Duma N. Adjust, don't avoid: The need for risk-based CT screening in nonsmoking populations. Lung Cancer. 2022 06; 168:36-37.  View on PubMed
  12. Sangaramoorthy M, Shariff-Marco S, Conroy SM, Yang J, Inamdar PP, Wu AH, Haiman CA, Wilkens LR, Gomez SL, Le Marchand L, Cheng I. Joint Associations of Race, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status With Mortality in the Multiethnic Cohort Study. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 04 01; 5(4):e226370.  View on PubMed
  13. Nyame YA, Cooperberg MR, Cumberbatch MG, Eggener SE, Etzioni R, Gomez SL, Haiman C, Huang F, Lee CT, Litwin MS, Lyratzopoulos G, Mohler JL, Murphy AB, Pettaway C, Powell IJ, Sasieni P, Schaeffer EM, Shariat SF, Gore JL. Deconstructing, Addressing, and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Prostate Cancer Care. Eur Urol. 2022 Oct; 82(4):341-351.  View on PubMed
  14. Clarke CA, Patel AV, Kurian AW, Hubbell E, Gomez SL. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Cancer Diagnosed after Metastasis: Absolute Burden and Deaths Potentially Avoidable through Earlier Detection. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2022 Mar 01; 31(3):521-527.  View on PubMed
  15. Kurian AW, Abrahamse P, Bondarenko I, Hamilton AS, Deapen D, Gomez SL, Morrow M, Berek JS, Hofer TP, Katz SJ, Ward KC. Association of Genetic Testing Results With Mortality Among Women With Breast Cancer or Ovarian Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 02 07; 114(2):245-253.  View on PubMed
  16. Loeb S, Borno HT, Gomez S, Ravenell J, Myrie A, Sanchez Nolasco T, Byrne N, Cole R, Black K, Stair S, Macaluso JN, Walter D, Siu K, Samuels C, Kazemi A, Crocker R, Sherman R, Wilson G, Griffith DM, Langford AT. Representation in Online Prostate Cancer Content Lacks Racial and Ethnic Diversity: Implications for Black and Latinx Men. J Urol. 2022 03; 207(3):559-564.  View on PubMed
  17. Michaels EK, Canchola AJ, Beyer KMM, Zhou Y, Shariff-Marco S, Gomez SL. Home mortgage discrimination and incidence of triple-negative and Luminal A breast cancer among non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic White females in California, 2006-2015. Cancer Causes Control. 2022 May; 33(5):727-735.  View on PubMed
  18. DeRouen MC, Canchola AJ, Thompson CA, Jin A, Nie S, Wong C, Lichtensztajn D, Allen L, Patel MI, Daida YG, Luft HS, Shariff-Marco S, Reynolds P, Wakelee HA, Liang SY, Waitzfelder BE, Cheng I, Gomez SL. Incidence of Lung Cancer Among Never-Smoking Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Females. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 01 11; 114(1):78-86.  View on PubMed
  19. Kanaya AM, Hsing AW, Panapasa SV, Kandula NR, Araneta MRG, Shimbo D, Wang P, Gomez SL, Lee J, Narayan KMV, Mau MKLM, Bose S, Daviglus ML, Hu FB, Islam N, Jackson CL, Kataoka-Yahiro M, Kauwe JSK, Liu S, Ma GX, Nguyen T, Palaniappan L, Setiawan VW, Trinh-Shevrin C, Tsoh JY, Vaidya D, Vickrey B, Wang TJ, Wong ND, Coady S, Hong Y. Knowledge Gaps, Challenges, and Opportunities in Health and Prevention Research for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders: A Report From the 2021 National Institutes of Health Workshop. Ann Intern Med. 2022 04; 175(4):574-589.  View on PubMed
  20. Sangaramoorthy M, Yang J, Guan A, DeRouen MC, Tana MM, Somsouk M, Thompson CA, Gibbons J, Ho C, Chu JN, Cheng I, Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S. Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic Ethnic Enclaves, Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status, and Hepatocellular Carcinoma Incidence in California: An Update. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2022 02; 31(2):382-392.  View on PubMed

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