Albert Farias, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences

Co-Director of the PhD program in Epidemiology

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California. My research is devoted to helping eliminate racial/ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes by furthering the understanding of how the provision of medical care contributes to racial/ethnic disparities in cancer incidence and outcomes. I have applied my academic training with a unique perspective as a first-generation college graduate to 1) explain the existence of racial/ethnic health disparities and 2) identify health inequities in cancer care. To carry out this research, I have applied advanced training in methodology and analytic approaches.


  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR): Minority Faculty Scholar in Cancer Control Research, 2019
  • American Pancreatic Association (APA): Young Investigator Scholar, 2019
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD): Health Disparities Research Scholar, 2016


  • Racial/Ethnic Disparities: Discrimination’s Impact on Health-Related Quality of Life-An All of Us Cancer Survivors’ Cross-sectional Study J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2024 Apr 23. . View in PubMed
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in self-reported general and mental health status among colorectal cancer survivors: impact of sociodemographic factors and implications for mortality-a SEER-CAHPS study Qual Life Res. 2024 Mar; 33(3):793-804. . View in PubMed
  • Black cancer patients navigating a health-care system of racial discrimination J Natl Cancer Inst. 2024 Feb 08; 116(2):258-263. . View in PubMed
  • Racial/ethnic disparities in the association between patient care experiences and receipt of initial surgical breast cancer care: findings from SEER-CAHPS Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2024 Feb; 203(3):553-564. . View in PubMed
  • Nativity differences in socioeconomic barriers and healthcare delays among cancer survivors in the All of Us cohort Cancer Causes Control. 2024 Feb; 35(2):203-214. . View in PubMed
  • The frequency of using wearable activity trackers is associated with minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity among cancer survivors: Analysis of HINTS data Cancer Epidemiol. 2024 02; 88:102491. . View in PubMed
  • Age and race/ethnicity differences in decisional conflict in women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ BMC Womens Health. 2024 02 04; 24(1):89. . View in PubMed
  • Health care experiences of Black cancer survivors: A qualitative study exploring drivers of low and high Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems global ratings of care Cancer. 2023 Nov 01; 129(21):3490-3497. . View in PubMed
  • Healthcare Experiences Are Associated with Colorectal Cancer Mortality but only for Specific Racial Groups: a SEER-CAHPS Study J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023 Jun 27. . View in PubMed
  • Hispanic/Latinos and non-Hispanic whites’ childhood cancer survivors and parents: a dyadic analysis of coping resources and mental health J Cancer Surviv. 2023 Feb 28. . View in PubMed
  • Barriers and facilitators of Hispanic/Latino parents caregiving for a childhood cancer survivor: a qualitative study Cancer Causes Control. 2023 Feb; 34(2):151-160. . View in PubMed
  • Lung Cancer Mortality Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Patient Experiences with Care: a SEER-CAHPS Study J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023 08; 10(4):1745-1755. . View in PubMed
  • Healthcare affordability and effects on mortality among adults with liver disease from 2004 to 2018 in the United States J Hepatol. 2023 08; 79(2):329-339. . View in PubMed
  • Cancer Med. 2023 01; 12(2):1949-1960. . View in PubMed
  • Quantifying days at home in patients with cirrhosis: A national cohort study Hepatology. 2023 08 01; 78(2):518-529. . View in PubMed
  • Associations Between Patient Experience With Care, Race and Ethnicity, and Receipt of CRC Treatment Among SEER-CAHPS Patients With Multiple Comorbidities J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2023 12 27; 22(1D):e237074. . View in PubMed
  • Survivors’ health competence mediates the association between wearable activity tracker use and self-rated health: HINTS analysis J Cancer Surviv. 2022 Dec; 16(6):1268-1278. . View in PubMed
  • Albumin administration in patients with cirrhosis: Current role and novel perspectives World J Gastroenterol. 2022 Sep 07; 28(33):4773-4786. . View in PubMed
  • Surgical decision-making in advanced-stage non-small cell lung cancer is influenced by more than just guidelines JTCVS Open. 2022 Sep; 11:286-299. . View in PubMed
  • Temporal trends in self-reported general and mental health status among colorectal cancer patients: racial/ethnic disparities in a population-based analysis Int J Colorectal Dis. 2022 May; 37(5):1073-1085. . View in PubMed
  • Racial/ethnic disparities in patient experiences with care and Gleason score at diagnosis of prostate cancer: a SEER-CAHPS study Cancer Causes Control. 2022 Apr; 33(4):601-612. . View in PubMed
  • The Impact of Hispanic Ethnicity and Language on Communication Among Young Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors, Parents, and Medical Providers and Cancer-Related Follow-Up Care JCO Oncol Pract. 2022 05; 18(5):e786-e796. . View in PubMed
  • Regional Variation in Treatment for Highest-Risk Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Ann Thorac Surg. 2022 04; 113(4):1282-1290. . View in PubMed
  • Asian Ethnic Subgroup Disparities in Delays of Surgical Treatment for Breast Cancer JNCI Cancer Spectr. 2022 02; 6(1). . View in PubMed
  • Management and treatment of decompensated hepatic fibrosis and severe refractory Schistosoma mansoni ascites with transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo. 2022; 64:e26. . View in PubMed
  • Religion and spirituality: their role in the psychosocial adjustment to breast cancer and subsequent symptom management of adjuvant endocrine therapy Support Care Cancer. 2021 Jun; 29(6):3017-3024. . View in PubMed
  • Evidence for racial/ethnic disparities in emergency department visits following breast cancer surgery among women in California: a population-based study Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2021 Jun; 187(3):831-841. . View in PubMed
  • Associations Among Wearable Activity Tracker Use, Exercise Motivation, and Physical Activity in a Cohort of Cancer Survivors: Secondary Data Analysis of the Health Information National Trends Survey JMIR Cancer. 2021 Apr 12; 7(2):e24828. . View in PubMed
  • Understanding thoracic surgeons’ perceptions of administrative database analyses and guidelines in clinical decision-makingJ Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2021 Mar; 161(3):807-816. e1. . View in PubMed
  • Racial disparities in the use of palliative radiotherapy for black patients with multiple myeloma in the United States Leuk Lymphoma. 2021 12; 62(13):3235-3243. . View in PubMed
  • Racial/ethnic disparities in weight or BMI change in adulthood and pancreatic cancer incidence: The multiethnic cohort Cancer Med. 2021 06; 10(12):4097-4106. . View in PubMed
  • Assessing Disparities in Lung Cancer Incidence for Gender Minority Individuals Using California Cancer Registry Data Chest. 2021 06; 159(6):2491-2493. . View in PubMed
  • Multilevel Influences on Black Cancer Patient Experiences With Care: A Qualitative Analysis JCO Oncol Pract. 2021 05; 17(5):e645-e653. . View in PubMed
  • Disparities in male versus female oncologic outcomes following bladder preservation: A population-based cohort study Cancer Med. 2021 05; 10(9):3004-3012. . View in PubMed
  • Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Patient Experiences With Health Care in Association With Earlier Stage at Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis: Findings From the SEER-CAHPS Data Med Care. 2021 04 01; 59(4):295-303. . View in PubMed
  • Will Improvements in Patient Experience With Care Impact Clinical and Quality of Care Outcomes? : A Systematic Review. Med Care. 2021 09 01; 59(9):843-856.. View in PubMed
  • Diabetes-Related Complications and Pancreatic Cancer Incidence in the Multiethnic Cohort JNCI Cancer Spectr. 2020 Oct; 4(5):pkaa035. . View in PubMed
  • Disparities in Guideline-Concordant Treatment for Pathologic N1 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 05; 109(5):1512-1520. . View in PubMed
  • Fresh frozen plasma transfusion in patients with cirrhosis and coagulopathy: Effect on conventional coagulation tests and thrombomodulin-modified thrombin generation J Hepatol. 2020 01; 72(1):85-94. . View in PubMed
  • Racial/ethnic differences in patient experiences with health care in association with earlier stage at breast cancer diagnosis: findings from the SEER-CAHPS data Cancer Causes Control. 2020 Jan; 31(1):13-23. . View in PubMed
  • Diabetes-related complications and pancreatic cancer incidence in the Multiethnic Cohort JNCI Cancer Spectrum. 2020. . View in PubMed
  • Exploring the role of social support and adjuvant endocrine therapy use among breast cancer survivors Support Care Cancer. 2020 Jan; 28(1):271-278. . View in PubMed
  • Disparities in the surgical management of early stage non-small cell lung cancer: how far have we come? J Thorac Dis. 2019 Mar; 11(Suppl 4):S596-S611.. View in PubMed
  • Association of the extent of therapy with prostate cancer in those receiving testosterone therapy in a US commercial insurance claims database Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2019 12; 91(6):885-891. . View in PubMed
  • Racial differences in long-term adjuvant endocrine therapy adherence and mortality among Medicaid-insured breast cancer patients in Texas: Findings from TCR-Medicaid linked data BMC Cancer. 2018 Dec 04; 18(1):1214. . View in PubMed
  • Racial and geographic disparities in adherence and discontinuation to adjuvant endocrine therapy in Texas Medicaid-insured patients with breast cancer Med Oncol. 2018 Jun 20; 35(7):113. . View in PubMed
  • ß-Blocker therapy for cirrhotic cardiomyopathy: a randomized-controlled trial Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 08; 30(8):930-937. . View in PubMed
  • The Association Between Out-of-Pocket Costs and Adherence to Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy Among Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients Am J Clin Oncol. 2018 07; 41(7):708-715. . View in PubMed
  • Association of physicians perceived barriers with human papillomavirus vaccination initiation Prev Med. 2017 Dec; 105:219-225. . View in PubMed
  • Hospitalizations, outcomes, and management costs of febrile neutropenia in patients from a managed care population Support Care Cancer. 2017 09; 25(9):2787-2795. . View in PubMed
  • Racial Differences in Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy Use and Discontinuation in Association with Mortality among Medicare Breast Cancer Patients by Receptor Status Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 08; 26(8):1266-1275. . View in PubMed
  • Exploring the role of physician communication about adjuvant endocrine therapy among breast cancer patients on active treatment: a qualitative analysis Support Care Cancer. 2017 01; 25(1):75-83. . View in PubMed
  • Association Between Out-Of-Pocket Costs, Race/Ethnicity, and Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy Adherence Among Medicare Patients With Breast Cancer J Clin Oncol. 2017 Jan; 35(1):86-95. . View in PubMed
  • Factors Associated with Adherence to Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy Among Privately Insured and Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients: A Quantile Regression Analysis J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2016 Aug; 22(8):969-78. . View in PubMed
  • Ethnic differences in initiation and timing of adjuvant endocrine therapy among older women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer enrolled in Medicare Part D Med Oncol. 2016 Feb; 33(2):19. . View in PubMed
  • Pro-atherosclerotic markers and cardiovascular risk factors one year after liver transplantation World J Gastroenterol. 2014 Jul 14; 20(26):8667-73. . View in PubMed
  • Serum B-type natriuretic peptide in the initial workup of patients with new onset ascites: a diagnostic accuracy study Hepatology. 2014 Mar; 59(3):1043-51. . View in PubMed
  • Image of the month: Ectopic ascites Am J Gastroenterol. 2012 Apr; 107(4):505. . View in PubMed
  • Measuring the impact of outreach and enrollment strategies for public health insurance in California Health Serv Res. 2011 Feb; 46(1 Pt 2):319-35. . View in PubMed
  • Changes in uncompensated pediatric ambulatory care visits for uninsured children among safety net providers after implementing a health insurance program for children of low-income families J Public Health Manag Pract. 2009 Jul-Aug; 15(4):E1-6. . View in PubMed
  • Nodules less than 20 mm and vascular invasion are predictors of survival in small hepatocellular carcinoma J Clin Gastroenterol. 2009 Feb; 43(2):191-5. . View in PubMed
  • More on ‘healthy kids’ Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Jan-Feb; 28(1):298-9. . View in PubMed
  • Frequency of concurrent autoimmune disorders in patients with autoimmune hepatitis: effect of age, gender, and genetic background J Clin Gastroenterol. 2008 Mar; 42(3):300-5. . View in PubMed