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/NCI, 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/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA241125
  • February 1, 2020 - November 30, 2024 - Elucidating Lung Cancer Etiology Among Asian American Female Never Smokers, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIMHD, Sponsor Award ID: R01MD014859
  • June 10, 2019 - May 31, 2024 - Cancer Registry for Understanding and Improving Survivorship Experiences (CRUISE), Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, 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

  • 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. DeRouen MC, Thompson CA, Canchola AJ, Jin A, Nie S, Wong C, Jain J, Lichtensztajn DY, Li Y, Allen L, Patel MI, Daida YG, Luft HS, Shariff-Marco S, Reynolds P, Wakelee HA, Liang SY, Waitzfelder BE, Cheng I, Gomez SL Integrating electronic health record, cancer registry, and geospatial data to study lung cancer in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander ethnic groups.  View on PubMed
  2. Morey BN, Gee GC, Wang MC, von Ehrenstein OS, Shariff-Marco S, Canchola AJ, Yang J, Lee SS, Bautista R, Tseng W, Chang P, Gomez SL Neighborhood Contexts and Breast Cancer Among Asian American Women.  View on PubMed
  3. Gaylis FD, Cooperberg MR, Chen RC, Malin J, Loeb S, Witte JS, Carroll PR, Cohen ES, Dato PE, Lin DW, Zheng Y, Seibert TM, Setzler C, Wilt W, Gomez SL, Chan JML, Catalona WJ Defining Quality Metrics for Active Surveillance: The Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative Experience. Letter.  View on PubMed
  4. Iyer HS, Gomez SL, Chen JT, Trinh QD, Rebbeck TR Trends in mortality among Black and White men with prostate cancer in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania: Race and neighborhood socioeconomic position.  View on PubMed
  5. Shariff-Marco S, DeRouen MC, Yang J, Jain J, Nelson DO, Weden MM, Gomez SL Neighborhood archetypes and breast cancer survival in California.  View on PubMed
  6. Borno HT, Duffy C, Zhang S, Canchola AJ, Loya Z, Golden T, Oh DL, Odisho AY, Gomez S Integration of electronic pathology reporting with clinical trial matching for advanced prostate cancer.  View on PubMed
  7. John EM, McGuire V, Kurian AW, Koo J, Shariff-Marco S, Gomez SLL, Cheng I, Keegan THM, Kwan ML, Bernstein L, Vigen C, Wu AH Racial/ethnic disparities in survival after breast cancer diagnosis by estrogen and progesterone receptor status: A pooled analysis.  View on PubMed
  8. Borno HT, Idossa D, Gomez SL Policy and Health: Leveraging a Social Determinants of Health Framework to Alleviate the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Patients With Cancer.  View on PubMed
  9. Washington SL, Jeong CW, Lonergan PE, Herlemann A, Gomez SL, Carroll PR, Cooperberg MR Regional Variation in Active Surveillance for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer in the US.  View on PubMed
  10. Gomez SL, Washington SL, Cheng I, Huang FW, Cooperberg MR Monitoring Prostate Cancer Incidence Trends: Value of Multiple Imputation and Delay Adjustment to Discern Disparities in Stage-specific Trends.  View on PubMed
  11. Zahnd WE, Gomez SL, Steck SE, Brown MJ, Ganai S, Zhang J, Arp Adams S, Berger FG, Eberth JM Rural-urban and racial/ethnic trends and disparities in early-onset and average-onset colorectal cancer.  View on PubMed
  12. Bucknor MD, Lichtensztajn DY, Lin TK, Borno HT, Gomez SL, Hope TA Disparities in PET imaging for prostate cancer at a tertiary academic medical center.  View on PubMed
  13. Zavala VA, Bracci PM, Carethers JM, Carvajal-Carmona L, Coggins NB, Cruz-Correa MR, Davis M, de Smith AJ, Dutil J, Figueiredo JC, Fox R, Graves KD, Gomez SL, Llera A, Neuhausen SL, Newman L, Nguyen T, Palmer JR, Palmer NR, Pérez-Stable EJ, Piawah S, Rodriquez EJ, Sanabria-Salas MC, Schmit SL, Serrano-Gomez SJ, Stern MC, Weitzel J, Yang JJ, Zabaleta J, Ziv E, Fejerman L Cancer health disparities in racial/ethnic minorities in the United States.  View on PubMed
  14. Shah SC, McKinley M, Gupta S, Peek RM, Martinez ME, Gomez SL Population-Based Analysis of Differences in Gastric Cancer Incidence Among Races and Ethnicities in Individuals Age 50 Years and Older.  View on PubMed
  15. Borno HT, Zhang S, Gomez S COVID-19 disparities: An urgent call for race reporting and representation in clinical research.  View on PubMed
  16. Moghavem N, Oh DL, Santiago-Rodríguez EJ, Tate WJ, Gomez SL, Thomas R Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on 1-year survival in glioblastoma patients.  View on PubMed
  17. Press DJ, Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, Lauderdale D, Stepniak E, Gomez SL, Johnson EP, Gopalakrishnan R, Smieliauskas F, Hedeker D, Bettencourt L, Anselin L, Ahsan H ChicagO Multiethnic Prevention and Surveillance Study (COMPASS): Increased Response Rates Among African American Residents in Low Socioeconomic Status Neighborhoods.  View on PubMed
  18. Shariff-Marco S, Ellis L, Yang J, Koo J, John EM, Keegan THM, Cheng I, Monroe KR, Vigen C, Kwan ML, Lu Y, Bernstein L, Wu AH, Gomez SL, Kurian AW Hospital Characteristics and Breast Cancer Survival in the California Breast Cancer Survivorship Consortium.  View on PubMed
  19. Tachachartvanich P, Sanchez SS, Gomez SL, John EM, Smith MT, Fejerman L Plasma glucocorticogenic activity, race/ethnicity and alcohol intake among San Francisco Bay Area women.  View on PubMed
  20. DeRouen MC, McKinley M, Shah SA, Borno HT, Aoki R, Lichtensztajn DY, Leppert JT, Brooks JD, Chung BI, Gomez SL, Cheng I Testicular cancer in Hispanics: incidence of subtypes over time according to neighborhood sociodemographic factors in California.  View on PubMed

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