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. 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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  2. 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 Mar 17.
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Thompson C, 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 Feb 17.
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  6. 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 Jan 30.
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  7. Kurian AW, Canchola AJ, Gomez SL. Reply to Residual confounding threatens the validity of observational studies on breast cancer local therapy. Cancer. 2020 Jan 30.
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  8. 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 Jan 21; 194599819900760.
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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. 2020 Mar; 218:49-56.e3.
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  13. 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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  14. 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. 2020 Mar 01; 126(5):958-970.
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  15. 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. 2020 Jan; 29(1):79-87.
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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Wang L, Gomez SL, Yasui Y. THE AUTHORS REPLY. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 06 01; 188(6):1192-1193.
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