Current Research and Scholarly Interests
The racial/ethnic diversity in both the Bay Area and California and the population-based nature of cancer surveillance data provides an unparalleled resource for the detailed study of racial/ethnic patterns, and factors associated with patterns, in cancer incidence and outcomes. Dr. Gomez is an Epidemiologist at CPIC, a Visiting Associate Professor with the Department of Health Research and Policy at the School of Medicine, Stanford University, and a member of the Stanford Cancer Center. She is also the Co-Investigator of the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry (GBACR), a participant in the SEER cancer registry and in the California Cancer Registry (CCR). Dr. Gomez conducts research with registry data for and has built a growing research program that focuses on disparities across the cancer continuum. Dr. Gomez has analyzed cancer incidence, treatment, and survival data for racial/ethnic groups, with a particular focus on specific Asian ethnic subgroups, and has conducted methodologic assessments directed toward improvements of cancer registry and hospital admissions data on race, ethnicity, and birthplace. She is/has been Principal Investigator on several SEER studies (including “Using Linked Datasets to Understand Breast Cancer Disparities”; “Obtaining Information on Language Preference among Minority Cancer Patients”; “Understanding Socioeconomic, Neighborhood Social and Built environment, and Immigration Effects on Racial/Ethnic Cancer Patterns”; “Hospital Policies and Practices in the Collection of Patient Information on Race, Ethnicity, and Birthplace”; and “Accuracy of Cancer Registry Data on Race, Ethnicity, and Birthplace”). Her surveillance research work has also focused on methodologic studies to enhance surveillance data for studying immigration effects on cancer.
Dr. Gomez is also Principal Investigator on several studies that seek to understand the role of neighborhood, institutional, family, and individual level factors on disparities in breast cancer treatment, quality of life, and survival. These studies include the Breast Cancer Treatment Choices (BCTC) Study (funded by the National Cancer Institute), the Equality in Breast Cancer Care (EBCC) Study (funded by the Department of Defense), a study to develop and test sociodemographic survey questions for research (funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program), and a study to understand the impact of contextual factors on disparities in risk and survival of breast cancer (funded by the National Cancer Institute).