Scott W. Atlas

Robert Wesson Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Scott W. Atlas, MD is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow in health policy at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He is also Senior Scholar and Founding Fellow of Hillsdale College’s Academy for Science and Freedom in Washington, DC, and Co‐Director and Co‐Founder of the Global Liberty Institute in Switzerland. Dr. Atlas investigates the impact of government and the private sector on access, quality, and pricing in health care, global trends in health care innovation, and key economic and civil liberties issues related to technology and other health policies.  He is a frequent policy advisor to policymakers and governments in the United States and other countries. He has served as Senior Advisor for Health Care to several candidates for President and members of the US Congress. From July to December, 2020, he served as a Special Advisor to the President and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.   

Before his health policy appointment at Hoover Institution, he was Professor and Chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center for 14 years.  His publications and interviews have appeared worldwide.  Dr. Atlas is the author of numerous books, including “A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America” (Post Hill Press), "In Excellent Health: Setting the Record Straight On America’s Health Care" (Hoover Press), and "Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six‐Point Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost" (Hoover Press). He is also the editor of "Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine", the leading textbook in the field, translated into several languages, and in its 5th edition.    

Dr. Atlas has received many awards and accolades from leading institutions and societies all over the world in recognition of his leadership in policy and medicine. He was awarded the 2021 Freedom Leadership Award, Hillsdale College’s highest honor, “in recognition of his dedication to individual freedom and the free society.”  He also received the 2011 Alumni Achievement Award, the highest career achievement honor for a distinguished alumnus from the University of Illinois in Urbana‐ Champaign.  In the private sector, Atlas is a frequent advisor to start‐up entrepreneurs and companies in life sciences and medical technology.  He received his MD degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine

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In the News

Who Defines Disinformation?

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Just after Elon Musk bought Twitter, promising more freedom, the Biden administration announces a new government agency to “protect” Americans and the world from harmful disinformation, especially about the COVID pandemic.

Analysis and Commentary

How Panic Spread: Covid In The Early Days

by Scott W. Atlasvia Brownstone Institute
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

It was February 2020, and news accounts had been describing increasingly alarming information about a deadly new virus emanating from Wuhan, China.

In the News

Scott Atlas: White House COVID “Troika” Ditched Data, Pushed Pandemic Fear

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia Heartland Daily News
Friday, April 15, 2022

Review of A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America, Post Hill Press, 2021, By Scott W. Atlas, M.D., 332 pages, $23.49.

Interviews

Will Trust Return? By Dr. Scott Atlas, MD

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia CPET Saint Vincent College
Thursday, April 14, 2022

(5:00) Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas talks about the impact of government and the private sector on access, quality, and pricing in health care, trends in health care innovation, and key issues related to technology-based medical advances.

In the News

Proving The Point At Saint Vincent College

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia City Journal
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

A conference on elite cowardice is denounced by the university that hosted it.

Interviews

Dr. Scott Atlas On The BA.2 Variant

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia KUSI
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the BA.2 variant, which is now responsible for more than 70% of COVID-19 cases in the United States.

Interviews

Dr. Scott Atlas & Jesse Waters: CDC Covering Up Data (2:45)

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Rumble
Monday, April 4, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the CDC's politicization of science and the CDC's hiding of data to achieve their goals.

Scott Atlas: ‘The era of believing what you hear is over’

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Conservative Woman
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses what happened behind the scenes at the White House including discussions concerning COVID policy.

Former Trump Advisor’s Inside Look At The Fauci Task Force | Dr. Scott Atlas

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia One News Page
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses his time at the White House.

Dr. Scott Atlas: A Powerful, Unelected ‘Cabal’ Controls Both Scientific Funding and Health Policy in America

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Epoch Times
Thursday, March 24, 2022

[Subscription Required] Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses COVID policies.

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Featured Publication: Restoring Quality Health Care, 2nd Edition

Featured Commentary: In Excellent Health: Setting the Record Straight on America's Health Care

In Excellent Health:  Setting the Record Straight on America's Health Care