Scott W. Atlas

Robert Wesson Senior Fellow

Scott W. Atlas, M.D. is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and a Member of Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Health Care Policy. He is currently serving as a Special Advisor to the President and is a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Dr. Atlas investigates the impact of government and the private sector on access, quality, pricing, and innovation in health care and is a frequent policy advisor to government and industry leaders in these areas. During the 2008, 2012, and 2016 presidential campaigns, he was a Senior Advisor for Health Care to a number of candidates for President of the United States. He has also advised several members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives and testified to Congress on health care reform. His most recent book is entitled Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six‐Point Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost (Hoover Press, 2016). Some of Dr. Atlas's previous health policy books include In Excellent Health: Setting the Record Straight on America’s Health Care System (Hoover Press, 2011), Reforming America’s Health Care System (Hoover Press, 2010), and Power to the Patient: Selected Health Care Issues and Policy Solutions (Hoover Press, 2005). Dr. Atlas had a Fulbright award to collaborate with academic leaders in China on structuring health care solutions for China, and also participated with leaders from government and academia on the World Bank’s Commission on Growth and Development. He has also advised leaders on health care and medical technology in several countries outside the US, including Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Dr. Atlas has published and been interviewed in a variety of media, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, CNN, USA Today, Fox News, London’s Financial Times, BBC Radio, The PBS News Hour, Bloomberg Radio, Brazil’s Correio Braziliense and Isto E, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, Argentina’s Diario La Nacion, and India’s The Hindu.

Dr. Atlas is also the editor of the leading textbook in the field, the best‐selling Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine, now in its 5th edition and officially translated from English into Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese. He has been editor, associate editor, and a member of the boards of numerous scientific journals and national and international scientific societies over the past three decades. His medical research centered on advanced applications of new MRI technologies in neurologic diseases. While Professor of Radiology and Chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center from 1998 until 2012 and during his previous faculty positions, Dr. Atlas trained over 100 neuroradiology fellows, many of whom are now leaders in the field throughout the world.

He lectures on a variety of topics, most notably the role of government and the private sector in health care quality and access, global trends in health care innovation, and the key economic issues related to the future of technology‐based medical advances. In the private sector, Dr. Atlas is a frequent advisor to start‐up entrepreneurs and companies in the life sciences and medical technology.

Dr. Atlas has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his leadership in the field. He is recognized internationally as a leader in both education and clinical research and had been on the Nominating Committee for the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology for several years. He has been named by his peers in The Best Doctors in America every year since its initial publication, as well as in regional listings, such as The Best Doctors in New York, Silicon Valley's Best Doctors, and other similar publications. He was honored to receive the 2011 Alumni Achievement Award, the highest career achievement honor for a distinguished alumnus from the University of Illinois in Urbana‐Champaign, his alma mater.

Dr. Atlas received a BS degree in biology from the University of Illinois in Urbana‐Champaign and an MD degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine.

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Scott Atlas: Fauci 'Just One Person On The Task Force'

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Hill
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

White House coronavirus task force member Scott Atlas said Tuesday that top infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci is “just one person on the task force.”

Scott Atlas on UnHerd: I'm disgusted and dismayed

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia UnHerd
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses lockdown policies and his frustration with the media and public policy establishment.


Scott Atlas: The Other Doctor On The COVID Task Force

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses COVID-19.

Dr. Scott Atlas: Prolonged Coronavirus Lockdowns A 'Complete Disaster'

interview with Scott W. Atlas
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the problems with lockdowns.

‘No Fair Basis’ For Canceling Presidential Debate, Says Scott Atlas

featuring Scott W. Atlas
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

‘At this point, we have to call a lie a lie’

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Dr. Scott Atlas Says It’s ‘Absurd’ To Try And Eliminate The Virus With Lockdowns

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia KUSI
Friday, October 9, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses an appropriate strategy concerning COVID-19, which includes protecting the vulnerable while opening the schools and economy.

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Dr. Scott Atlas On The Left's Power-Grabbing COVID-19 Lockdowns

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses using the science, data, and latest treatments/medications to protect the vulnerable without harming the healthy and while opening the schools.

In the News

Trump, Atlas: Time To Face Down Coronavirus Fear

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia American Greatness
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

It’s increasingly likely the election will be a referendum on Coronavirus and its after-effects, which means Trump’s new tack is a risky, but necessary, one.

In the News

The Pandemic That Killed Debate

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia AIER
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Carl Sagan famously said, “the cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.”


Trump Is 'All In' On Science-Based Policy For Coronavirus Recovery: Dr. Scott Atlas

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox Business
Monday, October 5, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses COVID-19 treatments and what we have learned since March, as well as getting children back in school and opening the economy.


Featured Publication: Restoring Quality Health Care

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