Rosemary Cress, M.P.H., DrPH



Public Health Sciences-Division of Epidemiology


  • Adjunct Professor


Clinical Interests

Dr. Cress' current research activities include use of cancer registry data to identify disparities in treatment and survival for patients with ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer and lung cancer. She is also actively involved with expanding cancer epidemiology and population sciences at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she works with academic and clinical researchers to identify areas where California Cancer Registry and SEER data can be used to answer questions about cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival.



Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


Ph.D., Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1991

M.P.H., Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1983

B.S., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1971

Select Recent Publications

Yap SA, Yuh L, Evans CP, Dall'Era MA, Wagenaar RM, Cress R, Lara P.  Evolving patterns of care in the management of stage I non-seminomatous germ cell tumors: Data from the California Cancer Registry.  World Journal of Urology. 35:277-283 2017

Cox C, Chen Y, Cress R, Semrad AM, Semrad T, Gosnell JE, Campbell MJ.  Are there disparities in the presentation, treatment and outcomes of patients diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer? An analysis of 634 patients from the California Cancer Registry.  Gland Surg 5:398-404, 2016

Cress RD, Chen YS, Morris CR , Chew H . Kizer KW.  Under-Utilization of Gene Expression Profiling For Early Stage Breast Cancer in California.  Cancer Causes Control.  27:721-27, 2016. 

David EA, Canter, RJ, Chen Y, Cooke DT, Cress R. Surgical Management of Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer is Decreasing but is Associated with Improved Survival.  Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 102:1101-9. 2016. 

Rodriguez DN, Torruellas C, Cress RD.  Trends in early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma, California 1988-2010.  Cancer Causes Control. 27:325-31, 2016

Denu RA, Hampton JM, Currey A, Anderson RT, Cress RD, Fleming ST, Lipscomb J, Sabatino SA, Wu XC, Wilson JF, Trentham-Dietz A.  Influence of patient, physician, and hospital characteristics on the receipt of guideline-concordant care for inflammatory breast cancer.  Cancer Epidemiol. 19;40:7-14, 2016


Cress RD, Chen YS, Morris,CR, Petersen M, Leiserowitz GS.  Characteristics of Long-Term Survivors of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer.  Obstetrics and Gynecology, 126(3):491-7, 2015


David EA, Chen Y, Cooke DT, Perry A, Canter, RJ, Cress R. Surgery in high-volume hospitals not commission on cancer accreditation leads to increased cancer-specific survival for early-stage lung cancer.  Am J Surgery 210:643-7, 2015

Tsai RJ, Luckhaupt SE, Schumacher P, Cress RD, Deapen DM, Calvert GM. Risk of cancer among firefighters in California, 1988-2007.  Am J Ind Med. 58:715–729 2015

Shnorhavorian M, Harlan LC, Smith AW, Keegan THM,  Lynch CF, Prasad PK, Cress RD, Wu XC, Hamilton AS, Parsons HM, Keel G, Charlesworth S, Schwartz SM, and the AYA HOPE Study Collaborative Group.  Fertility Preservation Knowledge, Counseling, and Actions among Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients: A Population-Based Study.  Cancer 21:3499-506, 2015

Luckhaupt SE, Deapen D, Cress R, Schumacher P, Shen R, Calvert GM. Leukemia among male construction workers in California, 1988-2007 Leuk Lymphoma. 2012. [Epub ahead of print]

O'Malley CD, Shema SJ, Cress RD, Bauer K, Kahn AR, Schymura MJ, Wike JM, Stewart SL. The Implications of Age and Comorbidity on Survival Following Epithelial Ovarian Cancer: Summary and Results from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Study. J Women's Health (Larchmt). 2012 [Epub ahead of print]

Aaronson DS, Odisho AY, Hills N, Cress R, Carroll PR, Dudley RA, Cooperberg MR. Availability of Proton Beam Therapy and Treatment for Localized Prostate Cancer Arch Intern Med. 2012; 172:280-283.

Allemani C, Sant M, Weir HK, Richardson LC, Baili P, Storm H, Siesling S, Torrella-Ramos A, Voogd AC, Aareleid T, Ardanaz E, Berrino F, Bielska-Lasota M, Bolick S, Cirilli C, Colonna M, Contiero P, Cress R, Crocetti E, Fulton JP, Grosclaude P, Hakulinen T, Izarzugaza MI, Malmstr�m P, Peignaux K, Primic-�akelj M, Rachtan J, Diba CS, S�nchez MJ, Schymura MJ, Shen T, Traina A, Tryggvadottir L, Tumino R, Velten M, Vercelli M, Wolf HJ, Woronoff AS, Wu X, Coleman MP. Breast cancer survival in the US and Europe: A CONCORD high-resolution study. Int J Cancer. 2012. [Epub ahead of print]

Calvert GM, Luckhaupt S, Lee SJ, Cress R, Schumacher P, Shen R, Tak S, Deapen D. Lung cancer risk among construction workers in California, 1988-2007. Am J Ind Med 2012 [Epub ahead of print]

Cress RD, Bauer K, O'Malley CD, Kahn AR, Schymura MJ, Wike JM, Stewart SL, Leiserowitz GS. Surgical staging of early stage epithelial ovarian cancer: results from the CDC-NPCR ovarian patterns of care study. Gynecol Oncol. 2011; 121:94-9.

Cress RD, Leiserowitz GS. Re: Surgical staging of early stage epithelial ovarian cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2011; 122:461-2.

Fleming ST, Sabatino SA, Kimmick G, Cress, R, Wu XC, Trentham-Dietz A, Huang B, Hwang W, Liff J. Developing a Claims-based Version of the ACE-27 Comorbidity Index: A Comparison with Medical Record Review Med Care. 2011; 49: 752�760.

Harlan LC, Lynch CF, Keegan THM, Hamilton AS, Wu XC, Kato I, West MM, Cress RD, Schwartz SM, Smith AW, Deapen D, Stringer SM, Potosky AL. Recruitment and follow-up of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors: the AYA HOPE study. J Cancer Surv. 2011; 5:305-314.

Vanderveen KA, Canter RJ, Yin D, Cress RD, Bold RJ. Factors affecting treatment delivery and outcomes of patients with early-stage pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Pancreas. 2011; 40:480-2.