Research Center for Health Equity

Developed as a part of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai, the Research Center for Health Equity conducts a wide range of research, from molecular/genetic to behavioral, and research-driven community outreach and engagement (COE). COE efforts focus on compliance with cancer screening guidelines and major behavioral and lifestyle factors, such as physical activity,  tobacco cessation and dissemination of the latest, most accurate cancer information. To increase effectiveness and extend our reach, the Center has established partnerships with many diverse community organizations in Los Angeles county and statewide. The center has also established research consortia at the statewide, national, and international levels. 

Another main initiative of the Research Center for Health Equity is the expansion of clinical trial participation in underserved populations. The center is dedicated to educating L.A. community members about the facts and myths surrounding clinical trials. Participating in a clinical trial at Cedars-Sinai offers potentially lifesaving medical treatment to many of our patients and a goal of the Center is to increase awareness and access to such trials for underserved communities.

See photos from our past events below.


Meet the Research Center for Health Equity Team

Cedars-Sinai Research Center for Health Equity brings together industry leaders to improve health equity for underserved populations in Los Angeles County and throughout California.

Director and Faculty
  • Robert Haile, DrPH, MPH
    Director, Research Center for Health Equity
    Professor, Department of Medicine
    Associate Director for Population Health Sciences, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
    Endowed Chair in Population Health Sciences
  • Jane C. Figueiredo, PhD, MSc
    Faculty, Research Center for Health Equity
    Director, Community and Population Health Research, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
    Associate Director, Center for Integrated Research on Cancer and Lifestyle for Epidemiology, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
    Research Scientist, Division of Hematology Oncology
    Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Geetanjali Datta, ScD, MPH
    Faculty, Research Center for Health Equity
  • Gillian Gresham, PhD, MSc
    Faculty, Research Center for Health Equity
  • Christie Jeon, DSc
    Faculty, Research Center for Health Equity
    Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology Oncology
  • Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, PhD
    Faculty, Research Center for Health Equity
  • Celina H. Shirazipour, PhD
    Faculty, Research Center for Health Equity
Center Staff and Administration
  • Zul Surani
    Director, Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) & Operations
    Research Center for Health Equity
  • Josyel Castellon
    Program Manager
  • Jose Gomez, MSW
    Program Manager, RCHE, Cancer Clinical Trials Equity
  • Loraine A. Escobedo, PhD, MPH
    Project Scientist, Catchment Area Data and Research
  • Laurel Finster, MPH
    Research Programs Advisor
  • Anita (Joan) Levine, PhD
    Project Scientist
  • Shenazar Esmundo, MPH, CHES
    Community Outreach Coordinator, Filipino Communities
  • Ergueen Herrera, MPH
    Community Outreach Coordinator, Latino communities
  • Dong Hee Kim
    Community Outreach Coordinator, Korean communities
  • Charlie Ruiz Vasquez
    Community Outreach Coordinator, LGBTQIA communities
  • Allison Kincaid
    Program Administrator
  • Norma Bernal
    Research Administrative Coordinator
Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have any questions or wish to learn about Cedars-Sinai Cancer's Community Outreach and Engagement, please send us a message.

Zul Surani
Director, Community Outreach and Engagement and Operations
Director, Research Center for Health Equity