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Salma Shariff-Marco, PhD, MPH

TitleAssociate Adjunct Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentEpidemiology & Biostatistics
Address550 16th. Street
San Francisco CA 94158
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    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PAB.A.05/1996Biological Basis of Behavior
    Columbia University, New York, NYM.P.H.05/1998Sociomedical Sciences
    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MDPh.D.05/2007Social & Behavioral Studies
    National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MDpostdoc01/2010Cancer Control and Population Sciences

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    Dr. Salma Shariff-Marco is a social and behavioral scientist with a research portfolio focused on understanding the role of social determinants of health in shaping and perpetuating health disparities. One main area of focus is on place and health, evaluating how neighborhood characteristics (e.g., social, built, and physical environment attributes) and geographic variation may shape cancer-related health behaviors and outcomes across the cancer continuum. In addition, her research includes efforts to better characterize neighborhoods for population health studies (neighborhood archetypes, virtual audits with Google Street View). Another area of research includes understanding how factors related to social status (race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and immigration) impact health disparities, particularly applying an intersectional lens. Dr. Shariff-Marco is also a co-Investigator of the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry, a part of the California Cancer Registry and the NCI Surveillance Epidemiology End Results (SEER) Program.


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    Impact of Neighborhoods and Navigation on Survivorship
    California Breast Cancer Research Program 23AB-1501Sep 1, 2017 - Feb 28, 2019
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Patient generated health data (PGHD) to enhance SEER data collection
    National Cancer Institute HHSN26100011Sep 19, 2016 - Dec 18, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Addressing disparities in colorectal cancer outcomes: the role of neighborhoods
    Stanford Cancer Institute May 1, 2016 - Aug 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Impact of social and built environments on health-related quality of life for cancer survivors
    NIH R03CA202192Feb 1, 2016 - Jan 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Using Google Street View to Assess Neighborhoods for Population Health Research
    Stanford University (Spectrum) Jan 1, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Developing Neighborhood Archetypes for Understanding Disparities in Cancer
    NIH R21CA174469Sep 16, 2014 - Aug 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. DeRouen MC, Schupp CW, Koo J, Yang J, Hertz A, Shariff-Marco S, Cockburn M, Nelson DO, Ingles SA, John EM, Gomez SL. Impact of individual and neighborhood factors on disparities in prostate cancer survival. Cancer Epidemiol. 2018 Apr; 53:1-11. PMID: 29328959.
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    2. Conroy SM, Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, Hertz A, Cockburn M, Shvetsov YB, Clarke CA, Abright CL, Haiman CA, Le Marchand L, Kolonel LN, Monroe KR, Wilkens LR, Gomez SL, Cheng I. Characterizing the neighborhood obesogenic environment in the Multiethnic Cohort: a multi-level infrastructure for cancer health disparities research. Cancer Causes Control. 2018 Jan; 29(1):167-183. PMID: 29222610.
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    3. Canchola AJ, Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, Albright C, Hertz A, Park SY, Shvetsov YB, Monroe KR, Le Marchand L, Gomez SL, Wilkens LR, Cheng I. Association between the neighborhood obesogenic environment and colorectal cancer risk in the Multiethnic Cohort. Cancer Epidemiol. 2017 10; 50(Pt A):99-106. PMID: 28850934.
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    4. Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S, Cheng I, Reynolds P. Impact of the environment on cancer: Seeing the forest for the trees. Cancer. 2017 Aug 01; 123(15):2796-2797. PMID: 28480560.
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    5. Gomez SL, Von Behren J, McKinley M, Clarke CA, Shariff-Marco S, Cheng I, Reynolds P, Glaser SL. Breast cancer in Asian Americans in California, 1988-2013: increasing incidence trends and recent data on breast cancer subtypes. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2017 Jul; 164(1):139-147. PMID: 28365834.
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    6. Mukherjea A, Ivey SL, Shariff-Marco S, Kapoor N, Allen L. Overcoming Challenges in Recruitment of South Asians for Health Disparities Research in the USA. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2018 Feb; 5(1):195-208. PMID: 28364371.
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    7. Conroy SM, Shariff-Marco S, Koo J, Yang J, Keegan TH, Sangaramoorthy M, Hertz A, Nelson DO, Cockburn M, Satariano WA, Yen IH, Ponce NA, John EM, Gomez SL. Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Impact of Neighborhood Social and Built Environment on Breast Cancer Risk: The Neighborhoods and Breast Cancer Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 04; 26(4):541-552. PMID: 28196846.
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    8. Shariff-Marco S, Von Behren J, Reynolds P, Keegan TH, Hertz A, Kwan ML, Roh JM, Thomsen C, Kroenke CH, Ambrosone C, Kushi LH, Gomez SL. Impact of Social and Built Environment Factors on Body Size among Breast Cancer Survivors: The Pathways Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 04; 26(4):505-515. PMID: 28154107.
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    9. Conroy SM, Clarke CA, Yang J, Shariff-Marco S, Shvetsov YB, Park SY, Albright CL, Hertz A, Monroe KR, Kolonel LN, Marchand LL, Wilkens LR, Gomez SL, Cheng I. Contextual Impact of Neighborhood Obesogenic Factors on Postmenopausal Breast Cancer: The Multiethnic Cohort. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 04; 26(4):480-489. PMID: 28143808.
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    10. Gomez SL, Canchola AJ, Nelson DO, Keegan TH, Clarke CA, Cheng I, Shariff-Marco S, DeRouen M, Catalano R, Satariano WA, Davidson-Allen K, Glaser SL. Recent declines in cancer incidence: related to the Great Recession? Cancer Causes Control. 2017 Feb; 28(2):145-154. PMID: 28130633.
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    11. Duong DK, Shariff-Marco S, Cheng I, Naemi H, Moy LM, Haile R, Singh B, Leung A, Hsing A, Nair VS. Patient and primary care provider attitudes and adherence towards lung cancer screening at an academic medical center. Prev Med Rep. 2017 Jun; 6:17-22. PMID: 28210538.
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    12. Ramirez J, Elmofty M, Castillo E, DeRouen M, Shariff-Marco S, Allen L, Gomez SL, Nápoles AM, Márquez-Magaña L. Evaluation of cortisol and telomere length measurements in ethnically diverse women with breast cancer using culturally sensitive methods. J Community Genet. 2017 Apr; 8(2):75-86. PMID: 28050886.
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    13. Thompson CA, Gomez SL, Hastings KG, Kapphahn K, Yu P, Shariff-Marco S, Bhatt AS, Wakelee HA, Patel MI, Cullen MR, Palaniappan LP. The Burden of Cancer in Asian Americans: A Report of National Mortality Trends by Asian Ethnicity. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 10; 25(10):1371-1382. PMID: 27694108.
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    14. Sposto R, Keegan TH, Vigen C, Kwan ML, Bernstein L, John EM, Cheng I, Yang J, Koo J, Kurian AW, Caan BJ, Lu Y, Monroe KR, Shariff-Marco S, Gomez SL, Wu AH. The Effect of Patient and Contextual Characteristics on Racial/Ethnic Disparity in Breast Cancer Mortality. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 07; 25(7):1064-72. PMID: 27197297; PMCID: PMC4930680 [Available on 07/01/17].
    15. Wong CK, Horn-Ross PL, Gee GC, Shariff-Marco S, Quach T, Allen L, Bautista R, La Chica PQ, Tseng W, Chang P, Clarke CA, Yang J, Le GM, Canchola A, Irwin ML, Lee SS, Gomez SL. Strategies for recruiting representative samples of Asian Americans for a population-based case-control study. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2016 Oct; 70(10):974-82. PMID: 27053683.
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    16. Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, John EM, Kurian AW, Cheng I, Leung R, Koo J, Monroe KR, Henderson BE, Bernstein L, Lu Y, Kwan ML, Sposto R, Vigen CL, Wu AH, Keegan TH, Gomez SL. Intersection of Race/Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status in Mortality After Breast Cancer. J Community Health. 2015 Dec; 40(6):1287-99. PMID: 26072260; PMCID: PMC4628564 [Available on 12/01/16].
    17. Shariff-Marco S, Gomez SL, Sangaramoorthy M, Yang J, Koo J, Hertz A, John EM, Cheng I, Keegan TH. Impact of neighborhoods and body size on survival after breast cancer diagnosis. Health Place. 2015 Nov; 36:162-72. PMID: 26606455; PMCID: PMC4684167 [Available on 11/21/16].
    18. Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S, Von Behren J, Kwan ML, Kroenke CH, Keegan TH, Reynolds P, Kushi LH. Representativeness of breast cancer cases in an integrated health care delivery system. BMC Cancer. 2015 Oct 14; 15:688. PMID: 26467773; PMCID: PMC4604822.
    19. Cheng I, Shariff-Marco S, Koo J, Monroe KR, Yang J, John EM, Kurian AW, Kwan ML, Henderson BE, Bernstein L, Lu Y, Sposto R, Vigen C, Wu AH, Gomez SL, Keegan TH. Contribution of the neighborhood environment and obesity to breast cancer survival: the California Breast Cancer Survivorship Consortium. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Aug; 24(8):1282-90. PMID: 26063477; PMCID: PMC4687960.
    20. Lu Y, John EM, Sullivan-Halley J, Vigen C, Gomez SL, Kwan ML, Caan BJ, Lee VS, Roh JM, Shariff-Marco S, Keegan TH, Kurian AW, Monroe KR, Cheng I, Sposto R, Wu AH, Bernstein L. History of Recreational Physical Activity and Survival After Breast Cancer: The California Breast Cancer Survivorship Consortium. Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Jun 15; 181(12):944-55. PMID: 25925388; PMCID: PMC4462332.
    21. Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S, DeRouen M, Keegan TH, Yen IH, Mujahid M, Satariano WA, Glaser SL. The impact of neighborhood social and built environment factors across the cancer continuum: Current research, methodological considerations, and future directions. Cancer. 2015 Jul 15; 121(14):2314-30. PMID: 25847484; PMCID: PMC4490083.
    22. Johnson TP, Shariff-Marco S, Willis G, Cho YI, Breen N, Gee GC, Krieger N, Grant D, Alegria M, Mays VM, Williams DR, Landrine H, Liu B, Reeve BB, Takeuchi D, Ponce NA. Sources of Interactional Problems in a Survey of Racial/Ethnic Discrimination. Int J Public Opin Res. 2015; 27(2):244-263. PMID: 26166949.
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    23. Wu AH, Kurian AW, Kwan ML, John EM, Lu Y, Keegan TH, Gomez SL, Cheng I, Shariff-Marco S, Caan BJ, Lee VS, Sullivan-Halley J, Tseng CC, Bernstein L, Sposto R, Vigen C. Diabetes and other comorbidities in breast cancer survival by race/ethnicity: the California Breast Cancer Survivorship Consortium (CBCSC). Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Feb; 24(2):361-8. PMID: 25425578; PMCID: PMC4523272.
    24. Gomez SL, Glaser SL, Horn-Ross PL, Cheng I, Quach T, Clarke CA, Reynolds P, Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, Lee MM, Satariano WA, Hsing AW. Cancer research in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations: accelerating cancer knowledge by acknowledging and leveraging heterogeneity. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Nov; 23(11):2202-5. PMID: 25368394.
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    25. Keegan TH, Shariff-Marco S, Sangaramoorthy M, Koo J, Hertz A, Schupp CW, Yang J, John EM, Gomez SL. Neighborhood influences on recreational physical activity and survival after breast cancer. Cancer Causes Control. 2014 Oct; 25(10):1295-308. PMID: 25088804; PMCID: PMC4194215.
    26. Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, John EM, Sangaramoorthy M, Hertz A, Koo J, Nelson DO, Schupp CW, Shema SJ, Cockburn M, Satariano WA, Yen IH, Ponce NA, Winkleby M, Keegan TH, Gomez SL. Impact of neighborhood and individual socioeconomic status on survival after breast cancer varies by race/ethnicity: the Neighborhood and Breast Cancer Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 May; 23(5):793-811. PMID: 24618999; PMCID: PMC4018239.
    27. Kwan ML, John EM, Caan BJ, Lee VS, Bernstein L, Cheng I, Gomez SL, Henderson BE, Keegan TH, Kurian AW, Lu Y, Monroe KR, Roh JM, Shariff-Marco S, Sposto R, Vigen C, Wu AH. Obesity and mortality after breast cancer by race/ethnicity: The California Breast Cancer Survivorship Consortium. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 Jan 01; 179(1):95-111. PMID: 24107615; PMCID: PMC3864715.
    28. Wu AH, Gomez SL, Vigen C, Kwan ML, Keegan TH, Lu Y, Shariff-Marco S, Monroe KR, Kurian AW, Cheng I, Caan BJ, Lee VS, Roh JM, Sullivan-Halley J, Henderson BE, Bernstein L, John EM, Sposto R. The California Breast Cancer Survivorship Consortium (CBCSC): prognostic factors associated with racial/ethnic differences in breast cancer survival. Cancer Causes Control. 2013 Oct; 24(10):1821-36. PMID: 23864487; PMCID: PMC4046898.
    29. Shariff-Marco S, Breen N, Stinchcomb DG, Klabunde CN. Multilevel predictors of colorectal cancer screening use in California. Am J Manag Care. 2013; 19(3):205-16. PMID: 23544762.
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    30. Shariff-Marco S, Breen N, Landrine H, Reeve BB, Krieger N, Gee GC, Williams DR, Mays VM, Ponce NA, Alegría M, Liu B, Willis G, Johnson TP. MEASURING EVERYDAY RACIAL/ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH SURVEYS: How Best to Ask the Questions, in One or Two Stages, Across Multiple Racial/Ethnic Groups? Du Bois Rev. 2011; 8(1):159-177. PMID: 29354187.
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    31. Hade EM, Murray DM, Pennell ML, Rhoda D, Paskett ED, Champion VL, Crabtree BF, Dietrich A, Dignan MB, Farmer M, Fenton JJ, Flocke S, Hiatt RA, Hudson SV, Mitchell M, Monahan P, Shariff-Marco S, Slone SL, Stange K, Stewart SL, Strickland PA. Intraclass correlation estimates for cancer screening outcomes: estimates and applications in the design of group-randomized cancer screening studies. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 2010; 2010(40):97-103. PMID: 20386058; PMCID: PMC2924625.
    32. Shariff-Marco S, Klassen AC, Bowie JV. Racial/ethnic differences in self-reported racism and its association with cancer-related health behaviors. Am J Public Health. 2010 Feb; 100(2):364-74. PMID: 20019302; PMCID: PMC2804625.
    33. Gee GC, Ro A, Shariff-Marco S, Chae D. Racial discrimination and health among Asian Americans: evidence, assessment, and directions for future research. Epidemiol Rev. 2009; 31:130-51. PMID: 19805401; PMCID: PMC4933297.
    34. Shariff-Marco S, Gee GC, Breen N, Willis G, Reeve BB, Grant D, Ponce NA, Krieger N, Landrine H, Williams DR, Alegria M, Mays VM, Johnson TP, Brown ER. A mixed-methods approach to developing a self-reported racial/ethnic discrimination measure for use in multiethnic health surveys. Ethn Dis. 2009; 19(4):447-53. PMID: 20073147; PMCID: PMC3474598.
    35. Klassen AC, Smith KC, Shariff-Marco S, Juon HS. A healthy mistrust: how worldview relates to attitudes about breast cancer screening in a cross-sectional survey of low-income women. Int J Equity Health. 2008 Jan 31; 7:5. PMID: 18237395; PMCID: PMC2267195.
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