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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The Disregarded Options of American Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, February 6, 2011

We need individual empowerment, not government centralization.

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The Disregarded Options of American Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Sunday, February 6, 2011

We need individual empowerment, not government centralization...

Obamacare Under Attack

by Scott W. Atlasvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Despite President Obama’s recent declaration that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — will be “a lasting legacy that I am extraordinarily proud of,” the legislation remains under vigorous attack.

Analysis and Commentary

Obamacare Under Attack

by Scott W. Atlasvia National Review Online
Monday, January 17, 2011

Despite President Obama’s recent declaration that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — will be “a lasting legacy that I am extraordinarily proud of,” the legislation remains under vigorous attack...

Obamacare

Poison Pill

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Letting the government play doctor is bad medicine. By Scott W. Atlas.

Analysis and Commentary

Nothing short of overturning it is acceptable

by Scott W. Atlasvia Washington Times
Thursday, December 16, 2010

Despite President Obama's declaration this month that the passage of his health care law will be "a lasting legacy that I am extraordinarily proud of," the Democrats' health care reform legislation remains under vigorous attack in the month following the historic midterm election - and rightfully so...

Don’t Tweak ObamaCare; Repeal It

by Scott W. Atlasvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson of Virginia has ruled on the individual mandate forcing individuals to purchase insurance products from a private (insurance) company.

Analysis and Commentary

Don't Tweak ObamaCare; Repeal It

by Scott W. Atlasvia Forbes.com
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Not only is the individual mandate unconstitutional, it's also reviled by a majority of Americans...

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The Ignored Facts of American Healthcare

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 13, 2010

Highly publicized rankings deride the American health care system. But the facts tell another story.

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Reforming America’s Health Care System

via Hoover Institution Press
Thursday, October 14, 2010

In Reforming America’s Health Care System, health policy experts from the United States, Canada, and Western Europe discuss both what to expect from the recent health reform legislation and that alternatives should still be considered.

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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