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. Guan A, Pruitt SL, Henry KA, Lin K, Meltzer D, Canchola AJ, Rathod AB, Hughes AE, Kroenke CH, Gomez SL, Hiatt RA, Stroup AM, Pinheiro PS, Boscoe FP, Zhu H, Shariff-Marco S. Asian American Enclaves and Healthcare Accessibility: An Ecologic Study Across Five States. Am J Prev Med. 2023 Jul 08.  View on PubMed
  2. Withrow DR, Gomez SL. Cancer Incidence by Race and Immigration Status in Canada: Value of Enhanced Sociodemographic Data for Disease Surveillance. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2023 07 05; 32(7):876-878.  View on PubMed
  3. Kurian AW, Abrahamse P, Furgal A, Ward KC, Hamilton AS, Hodan R, Tocco R, Liu L, Berek JS, Hoang L, Yussuf A, Susswein L, Esplin ED, Slavin TP, Gomez SL, Hofer TP, Katz SJ. Germline Genetic Testing After Cancer Diagnosis. JAMA. 2023 07 03; 330(1):43-51.  View on PubMed
  4. Loeb S, Ravenell JE, Gomez SL, Borno HT, Siu K, Sanchez Nolasco T, Byrne N, Wilson G, Griffith DM, Crocker R, Sherman R, Washington SL, Langford AT. The Effect of Racial Concordance on Patient Trust in Online Videos About Prostate Cancer: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 07 03; 6(7):e2324395.  View on PubMed
  5. Patel TA, Jain B, Dee EC, Gomez SL, Vapiwala N, Chino F, Fayanju OM. Delays in Time to Surgery Among Asian and Pacific Islander Women with Breast Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2023 09; 30(9):5337-5340.  View on PubMed
  6. Patel MI, Hinyard L, Hlubocky FJ, Merrill JK, Smith KT, Kamaraju S, Carrizosa D, Kalwar T, Fashoyin-Aje L, Gomez SL, Jeames S, Florez N, Kircher SM, Tap WD. Assessing the Needs of Those Who Serve the Underserved: A Qualitative Study among US Oncology Clinicians. Cancers (Basel). 2023 Jun 23; 15(13).  View on PubMed
  7. Soerensen SJC, Montez-Rath ME, Cheng I, Gomez SL, Oh DL, Jackson C, Li J, Rehkopf D, Chertow GM, Langston ME, Ganesan C, Pao AC, Chung BI, Leppert JT. Groundwater constituents and the incidence of kidney cancer. Cancer. 2023 Jun 07.  View on PubMed
  8. Bailey CN, Martin BJ, Petkov VI, Schussler NC, Stevens JL, Bentler S, Cress RD, Doherty JA, Durbin EB, Gomez SL, Gonsalves L, Hernandez BY, Liu L, Morawski BM, Schymura MJ, Schwartz SM, Ward KC, Wiggins C, Wu XC, Goldberg MS, Siegel JJ, Cook RW, Covington KR, Kurley SJ. 31-Gene Expression Profile Testing in Cutaneous Melanoma and Survival Outcomes in a Population-Based Analysis: A SEER Collaboration. JCO Precis Oncol. 2023 Jun; 7:e2300044.  View on PubMed
  9. Gomez SL, Chirikova E, McGuire V, Collin LJ, Dempsey L, Inamdar PP, Lawson-Michod K, Peters ES, Kushi LH, Kavecansky J, Shariff-Marco S, Peres LC, Terry P, Bandera EV, Schildkraut JM, Doherty JA, Lawson A. Role of neighborhood context in ovarian cancer survival disparities: current research and future directions. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Apr 26.  View on PubMed
  10. Conroy SM, Von Behren J, Kwan ML, Kushi LH, Kim MO, Iribarren C, Roh JM, Laurent CA, Thomsen C, Chu JN, Greenlee H, Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S. Neighborhood attributes and cardiovascular disease risk in breast cancer survivors: The Pathways Study. Cancer. 2023 08 01; 129(15):2395-2408.  View on PubMed
  11. Ransohoff JD, Ritter V, Purington N, Andrade K, Han S, Liu M, Liang SY, John EM, Gomez SL, Telli ML, Schapira L, Itakura H, Sledge GW, Bhatt AS, Kurian AW. Antimicrobial exposure is associated with decreased survival in triple-negative breast cancer. Nat Commun. 2023 04 12; 14(1):2053.  View on PubMed
  12. Oh DL, Schumacher K, Yang J, Wang K, Lin K, Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S. Disparities in cancer incidence by rurality in California. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2023 04 11; 115(4):385-393.  View on PubMed
  13. Eckhert E, Lansinger O, Ritter V, Liu M, Han S, Schapira L, John EM, Gomez S, Sledge G, Kurian AW. Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcomes of Patients From Sex and Gender Minority Groups. JAMA Oncol. 2023 04 01; 9(4):473-480.  View on PubMed
  14. Shariff-Marco S, Sangaramoorthy M, Ellis L, Thomsen C, Roh JM, Kroenke C, Valice E, Kwan ML, Ambrosone C, Kushi L, Gomez SL. Impact of Racial/Ethnic Discrimination on Quality of Life Among Breast Cancer Survivors. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 02 24; 192(3):367-376.  View on PubMed
  15. Santiago-Rodr√≠guez EJ, Shariff-Marco S, Gomez SL, Hiatt RA. Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening by Time in the U.S. and Race/Ethnicity, 2010-2018. Am J Prev Med. 2023 07; 65(1):74-82.  View on PubMed
  16. Rustgi SD, McKinley M, McBay B, Zylberberg HM, Gomez SL, Hur C, Kastrinos F, Gupta S, Kim MK, Itzkowitz SH, Shah SC. Epidemiology of Gastric Malignancies 2000-2018 According to Histology: A Population-Based Analysis of Incidence and Temporal Trends. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2023 Feb 14.  View on PubMed
  17. Hong JH, Swami N, Dee EC, Gomez SL, Lam MB. Non-small cell lung cancer disparities in stage at presentation and treatment for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women. J Surg Oncol. 2023 Apr; 127(5):882-890.  View on PubMed
  18. Acker J, Mujahid M, Aghaee S, Gomez S, Shariff-Marco S, Chu B, Deardorff J, Kubo A. Neighborhood Racial and Economic Privilege and Timing of Pubertal Onset in Girls. J Adolesc Health. 2023 03; 72(3):419-427.  View on PubMed
  19. McClellan SP, Canchola AJ, Potter MB, Gomez SL, Somsouk M. Neighborhood socioeconomic status and the effectiveness of colorectal cancer screening outreach with mailed fecal immunochemical tests within a safety net healthcare system in San Francisco, CA: A subgroup analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Prev Med. 2023 02; 167:107388.  View on PubMed
  20. Ihenacho U, McKinley MA, Vu A, Hernandez BY, Loo LWM, Gomez SL, Wu AH, Cheng I. Characterizing breast cancer incidence and trends among Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and non-Hispanic White women in Hawai'i, 1990-2014. Cancer Causes Control. 2023 Mar; 34(3):241-249.  View on PubMed

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