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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Dr. Scott Atlas: There Is No Risk To Children From Covid-19, I Don’t Know Why People Deny This.

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Brian Kilmeade Show
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas talks about why people should not be concerned over the increasing coronavirus infection rate across America. Atlas says we need to be focused more on the hospitalizations and death rates, which he says are decreasing amid an increase in positive cases. Atlas also says the risk of significant illness from seasonal flu is far greater in children than serious illness from Covid-19.

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Dr. Scott Atlas Pushes For Reopening And Asks, ‘Aren’t Schools An Essential Business?’

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia KUSI
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas looked at the data and found that the large majority of new cases are occurring in young people, and young people are at low risk of experiencing any major complications from the virus. Using this research, Dr. Atlas is calling for schools to reopen, since “We know it’s factually true and proven all over the world that people under 18 have very little, if any, risk of a serious illness and essentially no risk of dying from the coronovirus.”


Dr. Scott Atlas Breaks Down The Facts About Coronavirus Herd Immunity

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses coronavirus and herd immunity.

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Top Doctor Explains Why COVID Reporting Is Not Honest, Reveals What The Case Spike Is Really About

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Blaze
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Dr. Scott Atlas, the former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center, explained Monday why the spike of coronavirus cases across the Sun Belt doesn't tell the full story.

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Stanford Doctor Says Majority Of Hospitalizations In Texas 'have Nothing To Do With COVID-19'

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Washington Examiner
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

A doctor at Stanford University said the spike in hospital patients in Texas has "nothing to do with COVID-19.”

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Dr. Scott Atlas Says New Surge Of Coronavirus Cases Is Not A Reason To Panic

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Monday, July 6, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the new cases of coronavirus, but said that most of the new cases are in the young and healthy people, who do not have problems with coronavirus, which is helpful for herd immunity.

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Scott Atlas On Examining Politics

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Examining Politics Podcast
Friday, July 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas sheds some perspective and context on the latest data involving a rise (or spike) in Covid-19 cases and how those numbers don’t translate to Covid illnesses, hospitalizations or deaths. Atlas makes the case that there is no scientific basis for the continued shutdown protocols instituted by several governors.

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Lies, Damn Lies And COVID-19 Statistics

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia PJ Media
Friday, July 3, 2020

As beaches are closed for the 4th of July and even Texas starts to roll back towards COVID-19 lockdown, it sure seems like the goalposts have shifted. The purpose of public health policy went from slow the spread, to flatten the curve, and now seems to stop the spread altogether. Dr. Scott Atlas, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, says the idea of preventing infection is not just unnecessary; it is irrational.

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The Costs Of Regulation And Centralization In Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 2, 2020

What is the impact of the Affordable Care Act?


Dr. Scott Atlas On The Larry O'Connor Show

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Larry O'Connor Show
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas talks about the latest issues surrounding the country reopening following the coronavirus.


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