Scott W. Atlas

Robert Wesson Senior Fellow
Biography: 

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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The Unscientific Attack On The Science Of Dr. Scott Atlas

by Victor Davis Hanson featuring Scott W. Atlasvia National Review
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Critics of the distinguished White House coronavirus adviser don’t have a leg to stand on.

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Exclusive: Trump COVID Adviser Won't Cave To Criticism: 'It's Destructive To Lock Down The Healthy'

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Washington Times
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

President Trump’s embattled coronavirus adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, isn’t backing down under intense criticism that his guidance runs counter to established science.

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Dr. Scott Atlas Responds To Criticism From Fauci, CDC Head Redfield

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Yahoo News
Monday, September 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses how to handle COVID-19 including protecting the vulnerable without harming the healthy. Atlas notes that hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are down.

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Dr. Scott Atlas Schools Media On Coronavirus Data

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Friday, September 25, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses and explains the scientific facts of COVID-19.

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Dr. Scott Atlas: ‘Distressed’ Dr. Birx Story Is A ‘Media Distraction’

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia MSN
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the rapid development of vaccines without cutting corners.

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Dr. Scott Atlas: You Shouldn't Be Punished For Doing Something Faster Than Other People

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow and White House coronavirus task force member, Scott Atlas, talks about the success of Operation Warp Speed (development of a COVID-19 vaccine) at a White House press conference with President Donald Trump.

'The Fear Is The Contagion!' Dr. Scott Atlas Explains What Media Doesn’t Get About Coronavirus

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Daily Caller
Monday, September 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses COVID-19, and he separates fact from fiction.

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Exclusive: Dr. Scott Atlas Explains What The Media Doesn’t Get About Coronavirus | Wall Street Meets Washington Ep. 24

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Daily Caller
Monday, September 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses COVID-19, and he separates fact from fiction.

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Separating Fact From Fiction With Scott Atlas

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia Twitter
Monday, September 21, 2020

'The fear is the contagion!' Dr. Scott atlas explains what media doesn’t get about coronavirus.

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Big Tech’s Presumptuous Monopoly On Truth

mentioning Scott W. Atlasvia AEI
Monday, September 21, 2020

In important ways, YouTube is no longer your tube. Its original motto was “broadcast yourself,” and 15 years after its founding, millions of individuals and organizations still do so. But the ability to reach the world with your own rich content, unconstrained by TV time slots and unfiltered by TV producers, is diminishing.

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