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.


  • 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. Shvetsov YB, Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, Conroy SM, Canchola AJ, Albright CL, Park SY, Monroe KR, Le Marchand L, Gomez SL, Wilkens LR, Cheng I. Association of change in the neighborhood obesogenic environment with colorectal cancer risk: The Multiethnic Cohort Study. SSM Popul Health. 2020 Apr; 10:100532.
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  2. Liu J, Parker MG, Lu T, Conroy SM, Oehlert J, Lee HC, Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S, Profit J. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Human Milk Intake at Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Discharge among Very Low Birth Weight Infants in California. J Pediatr. 2019 Dec 13.
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  3. Gomez SL, Yao S, Kushi LH, Kurian AW. Is Breast Cancer in Asian and Asian American Women a Different Disease? J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019 Dec 01; 111(12):1243-1244.
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  4. Kurian AW, Canchola AJ, Ma CS, Clarke CA, Gomez SL. Magnitude of reduction in risk of second contralateral breast cancer with bilateral mastectomy in patients with breast cancer: Data from California, 1998 through 2015. Cancer. 2019 Nov 21.
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  5. Sangaramoorthy M, Yang J, DeRouen MC, Ho C, Somsouk M, Tana MM, Thompson CA, Gibbons J, Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S. Disparities in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Incidence in California: An Update. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 Nov 12.
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  6. Gonzales FA, Sangaramoorthy M, Dwyer LA, Shariff-Marco S, Allen AM, Kurian AW, Yang J, Langer MM, Allen L, Reeve BB, Taplin SH, Gomez SL. Patient-clinician interactions and disparities in breast cancer care: the equality in breast cancer care study. J Cancer Surviv. 2019 Dec; 13(6):968-980.
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  7. Gomez SL, Duffy C, Griggs JJ, John EM. Surveillance of cancer among sexual and gender minority populations: Where are we and where do we need to go? Cancer. 2019 Dec 15; 125(24):4360-4362.
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  8. Tsai CJ, Riaz N, Gomez SL. Big Data in Cancer Research: Real-World Resources for Precision Oncology to Improve Cancer Care Delivery. Semin Radiat Oncol. 2019 10; 29(4):306-310.
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  9. Guan A, Lichtensztajn D, Oh D, Jain J, Tao L, Hiatt RA, Gomez SL, Fejerman L. Breast Cancer in San Francisco: Disentangling Disparities at the Neighborhood Level. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 Dec; 28(12):1968-1976.
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  10. Wang L, Gomez SL, Yasui Y. THE AUTHORS REPLY. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 Jun 01; 188(6):1192-1193.
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  11. Zamora SM, Pinheiro PS, Gomez SL, Hastings KG, Palaniappan LP, Hu J, Thompson CA. Disaggregating Hispanic American Cancer Mortality Burden by Detailed Ethnicity. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 Aug; 28(8):1353-1363.
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  12. Wang JH, Gomez SL, Brown RL, Davis K, Allen L, Huang E, Chentsova Dutton Y, Schwartz MD. Factors associated with Chinese American and White cancer survivors' physical and psychological functioning. Health Psychol. 2019 May; 38(5):455-465.
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  13. Cheng I, Tseng C, Wu J, Yang J, Conroy SM, Shariff-Marco S, Li L, Hertz A, Gomez SL, Le Marchand L, Whittemore AS, Stram DO, Ritz B, Wu AH. Association between ambient air pollution and breast cancer risk: The multiethnic cohort study. Int J Cancer. 2020 Feb 01; 146(3):699-711.
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  14. 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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  15. Martinez ME, Murphy JD, Gomez SL. Black-White Disparities in Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer: Understanding Complexity in Reported Differences. Gastroenterology. 2019 03; 156(4):858-859.
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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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 02 01; 125(3):453-462.
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  19. 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 11; 16(11):1353-1360.
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  20. 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 Patients in California. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 02; 28(2):303-310.
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