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Scott W. Atlas, MD, is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at the Hoover In
Scott W. Atlas
david and joan traitel senior fellow
member of the working group on health care policy

Expertise: U.S. health care system, health care systems of emerging nations, use of advanced medical technology

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Scott W. Atlas, MD, is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and senior fellow by courtesy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford.

Atlas's research interests are domestic and global health care policy, particularly the role of government and the free market in pricing, quality, access, and technology innovation. Atlas's most recent book is In Excellent Health: Setting the Record Straight on America’s Health Care (Hoover Institution Press, 2011). Other recent publications include Reforming America's Health Care System: The Flawed Vision of ObamaCare (Hoover Institution Press, 2010), "Relationship between HMO Market Share and the Diffusion and Use of Advanced MRI Technologies" (2004), with L.C. Baker; “Expanding CT and MRI Availability, Imaging Utilization in the Medicare Population, and the Challenge of Measuring Value” (2008), with L.C. Baker and C, Afendulis, and Power to the Patient: Selected Health Care Issues and Policy Solutions (Hoover Institution Press, 2005). Atlas has been interviewed about the role of government in health care on television, radio, and other news media, including BBC Radio and the Lehrer News Hour, and in newspapers such as Brazil’s Correio Braziliense, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, and Argentina’s Diario La Nacion.

Atlas is also the editor of the textbook Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine, now in its fourth edition; it has been translated into Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese. A member of the boards of many scientific societies and journals during the past decade, he has authored more than 120 scientific publications in leading journals on applications of MRI in neurologic diseases. Atlas also lectures throughout the world on advances in MRIs of the brain and the key economic issues related to technology-based advances. He has been on the Nominating Committee for the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology for several years and received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his leadership.

Atlas received a BS degree in biology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and an MD degree from the University of Chicago.

Last updated on May 29, 2012