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. 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. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2020 Jun 15.
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  2. 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. JCO Oncol Pract. 2020 Jun; 16(6):e517-e528.
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  3. 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. PLoS One. 2020; 15(6):e0233904.
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  4. 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. Cancer Causes Control. 2020 May 21.
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  5. Alberg AJ, LoConte NK, Foxhall L, Weinstock MA, Gomez SL, Francisco M, Moushey EA, Gershenwald JE. American Society of Clinical Oncology Policy Statement on Skin Cancer Prevention. JCO Oncol Pract. 2020 May 06; JOP1900585.
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  6. Kroenke CH, Le GM, Conroy SM, Canchola AJ, Shariff-Marco S, Gomez SL. Egocentric social networks, lifestyle behaviors, and body size in the Asian Community Health Initiative (CHI) cohort. PLoS One. 2020; 15(5):e0232239.
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  7. Oh DL, Santiago-Rodríguez EJ, Canchola AJ, Ellis L, Tao L, Gomez SL. Changes in Colorectal Cancer 5-Year Survival Disparities in California, 1997-2014. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 May 05.
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  8. Tran Q, Warren JL, Barrett MJ, Annett D, Marth M, Cress RD, Deapen D, Glaser SL, Gomez SL, Schwartz SM, Li CI, Wu XC, Enewold L, Harlan LC, Rivera DR, Winn DM, Penberthy L, Cronin KA. An Evaluation of the Utility of Big Data to Supplement Cancer Treatment Information: Linkage Between IQVIA Pharmacy Database and the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 2020 May 01; 2020(55):72-81.
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  9. Clarke CA, Hubbell E, Kurian AW, Colditz GA, Hartman AR, Gomez SL. Projected Reductions in Absolute Cancer-Related Deaths from Diagnosing Cancers Before Metastasis, 2006-2015. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 May; 29(5):895-902.
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  10. Aghaee S, Allen A, Ramirez J, Shariff-Marco S, Allen L, DeRouen M, Elmofty M, Marquez-Magana L, Gomez SL. Everyday discrimination and telomere length in a multiethnic cohort of breast cancer survivors. Ethn Health. 2020 Mar 28; 1-12.
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  11. San Miguel Y, Gomez SL, Murphy JD, Schwab RB, McDaniels-Davidson C, Canchola AJ, Molinolo AA, Nodora JN, Martinez ME. Age-related differences in breast cancer mortality according to race/ethnicity, insurance, and socioeconomic status. BMC Cancer. 2020 Mar 17; 20(1):228.
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  12. Shariff-Marco S, Gomez SL, Canchola AJ, Fullington H, Hughes AE, Zhu H, Pruitt SL. Nativity, ethnic enclave residence, and breast cancer survival among Latinas: Variations between California and Texas. Cancer. 2020 Jun 15; 126(12):2849-2858.
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  13. Padula AM, Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, Jain J, Liu J, Conroy SM, Carmichael SL, Gomez SL, Phibbs C, Oehlert J, Gould JB, Profit J. Multilevel social factors and NICU quality of care in California. J Perinatol. 2020 Mar 10.
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  14. Morey BN, Gee GC, Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, Allen L, Gomez SL. Ethnic enclaves, discrimination, and stress among Asian American women: Differences by nativity and time in the United States. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2020 Feb 24.
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  15. Thompson CA, Jin A, Luft HS, Lichtensztajn DY, Allen L, Liang SY, Schumacher BT, Gomez SL. Population-Based Registry Linkages to Improve Validity of Electronic Health Record-Based Cancer Research. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 Apr; 29(4):796-806.
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  16. Linnenbringer E, Geronimus AT, Davis KL, Bound J, Ellis L, Gomez SL. Associations between breast cancer subtype and neighborhood socioeconomic and racial composition among Black and White women. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2020 Apr; 180(2):437-447.
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  17. Kurian AW, Canchola AJ, Gomez SL. Reply to Residual confounding threatens the validity of observational studies on breast cancer local therapy. Cancer. 2020 May 15; 126(10):2317-2318.
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  18. Megwalu UC, Ma Y, Hernandez-Boussard T, Divi V, Gomez SL. The Impact of Hospital Quality on Thyroid Cancer Survival. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 03; 162(3):269-276.
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  19. Jeong CW, Washington SL, Herlemann A, Gomez SL, Carroll PR, Cooperberg MR. The New Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Prostate with Watchful Waiting Database: Opportunities and Limitations. Eur Urol. 2020 Jan 21.
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  20. Cherian R, Le G, Whall J, Gomez S, Sarkar U. Content shared on social media for national cancer survivors day 2018. PLoS One. 2020; 15(1):e0226194.
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