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. 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 Feb 16.  View on PubMed
  2. 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 13.  View on PubMed
  3. 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 Feb 02.  View on PubMed
  4. 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 Jan 31.  View on PubMed
  5. 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 Jan 09.  View on PubMed
  6. 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. 2022 Dec 15.  View on PubMed
  7. 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
  8. 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. 2022 Dec 11.  View on PubMed
  9. 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: The Pathways Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Dec 01.  View on PubMed
  10. Guan A, Shim JK, Allen L, Kuo MC, Lau K, Loya Z, Brooks JD, Carroll PR, Cheng I, Chung BI, DeRouen MC, Frosch DL, Golden T, Leppert JT, Lichtensztajn DY, Lu Q, Oh DL, Sieh W, Wadhwa M, Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S. Factors that influence treatment decisions: A qualitative study of racially and ethnically diverse patients with low- and very-low risk prostate cancer. Cancer Med. 2022 Nov 20.  View on PubMed
  11. Oh DL, Meltzer D, Wang K, Canchola AJ, DeRouen MC, McDaniels-Davidson C, Gibbons J, Carvajal-Carmona L, Nodora JN, Hill L, Gomez SL, Martinez ME. Neighborhood Factors Associated with COVID-19 Cases in California. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2022 Nov 14; 1-10.  View on PubMed
  12. Dunlop H, Fitzpatrick E, Kurti K, Deeb S, Gillespie EF, Dover L, Yerramilli D, Gomez SL, Chino F, Tsai CJ. Participation of Patients From Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups in Phase 1 Early Cancer Drug Development Trials in the US, 2000-2018. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 11 01; 5(11):e2239884.  View on PubMed
  13. Pinheiro PS, Callahan KE, Medina HN, Koru-Sengul T, Kobetz EN, Gomez SL, de Lima Lopes G. Lung cancer in never smokers: Distinct population-based patterns by age, sex, and race/ethnicity. Lung Cancer. 2022 Dec; 174:50-56.  View on PubMed
  14. Wang CP, McKinley M, Gomez SL, Gupta S, Itzkowitz SH, Shah SC, Gastric Cancer Control and Prevention Collaboration. Socioeconomic Status and Ethnic Enclave as Risk Factors for Gastric Adenocarcinoma in Hispanic and Asian Americans, a California Cancer Registry Analysis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2022 Oct 22.  View on PubMed
  15. 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 10 15; 206(8):1008-1018.  View on PubMed
  16. Abdiwahab E, Guan A, Hong C, Gomez SL. Commentary: Racism and structural violence: Interconnected threats to health equity. Front Public Health. 2022; 10:958436.  View on PubMed
  17. Wang K, Ma C, Li FM, Truong A, Shariff-Marco S, Chu JN, Oh DL, Allen L, Kuo MC, Wong C, Bui H, Chen J, Gomez SL, Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY. Patient-reported supportive care needs among Asian American cancer patients. Support Care Cancer. 2022 Nov; 30(11):9163-9170.  View on PubMed
  18. Iyer HS, Gomez SL, Cheng I, Rebbeck TR. Relative impact of genetic ancestry and neighborhood socioeconomic status on all-cause mortality in self-identified African Americans. PLoS One. 2022; 17(8):e0273735.  View on PubMed
  19. McDaniels-Davidson C, Feng CH, Martinez ME, Canchola AJ, Gomez SL, Nodora JN, Patel SP, Mundt AJ, Mayadev JS. Improved survival in cervical cancer patients receiving care at National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers. Cancer. 2022 10 01; 128(19):3479-3486.  View on PubMed
  20. Martinez ME, Gomez SL, Canchola AJ, Oh DL, Murphy JD, Mehtsun W, Yabroff KR, Banegas MP. Changes in Cancer Mortality by Race and Ethnicity Following the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California. Front Oncol. 2022; 12:916167.  View on PubMed

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