Scott W. Atlas

David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow
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Scott W. Atlas, M.D. is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and a Member of Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Health Care Policy.

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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Analysis and Commentary

The Era Of Mandates: President Obama’s Unfortunate Legacy

by Scott W. Atlasvia Forbes.com
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Rationing by Another Name

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2013

By paying doctors less than they’re willing to accept, an unelected panel will quietly restrict medical care. By Scott W. Atlas.

Analysis and Commentary

Facts About America’s Health Care Quality That The World Doesn’t Know

by Scott W. Atlasvia FoxNews.com
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Obesity: The New “Just Say No” For 2013

by Scott W. Atlasvia Forbes.com
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Let's Be Honest - Medicare is Insolvent And Doctors Soon Won't Accept It

by Scott W. Atlasvia Forbes.com
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

The Democrats' Fallback Plan For When Obamacare Inevitably Fails

by Scott W. Atlasvia Forbes.com
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

What the World Doesn't Know About Health Care in America

by Scott W. Atlasvia FoxNews.com
Friday, November 16, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

A Pyrrhic Victory for America’s Youth

by Scott W. Atlasvia National Review Online
Monday, November 12, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

The Republicans' "War On Women" Is a Fiction Of The Liberal Media Elite

by Scott W. Atlasvia Forbes.com
Friday, November 2, 2012

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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