Scott W. Atlas

Robert Wesson Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Scott W. Atlas, M.D. is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow in health care policy at the Hoover Institution.

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. He served the nation from August to December, 2020 as a Special Advisor to the President and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.  His most recent book is entitled Restoring Quality Health Care: A SixPoint Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost (Hoover Press, 2020, 2nd ed). 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 has 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 JournalForbes 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 policy and medicine. He was awarded the Freedom Leadership Award, Hillsdale College’s highest honor, in 2021, “in recognition of his dedication to individual freedom and the free society.” He has been an ad hoc member of the Nominating Committee for the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology for several years. He was 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 and Silicon Valley's Best Doctors. He was honored with 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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After Dr. Fauci And Dr. Birx Criticized The COVID Task Force, Dr. Scott Atlas Couldn't Stay Silent

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Townhall
Friday, April 2, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the success of the Trump Administration's handling of COVID-19.

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Scott Atlas On The Larry O'Connor Show

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Larry O'Connor Show
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses COVID-19 responses by the government including vaccines.

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Dr. Scott Atlas Discusses Coronavirus

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses COVID-19 as well as the government responses to it.

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Scott Atlas: What Does The Science Really Say About Reopening Schools?

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses what the science says about reopening schools.

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Scott Atlas: WH Task Force Doctor Says These 2 Lessons From COVID Lockdowns 'SHOCKED ME'

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Glenn Beck
Friday, March 26, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas talks about why the COVID lockdowns were not only ineffective but ‘disastrous’ and ‘harmful' as well.

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Dr. Scott Atlas Explains Why California’s Tiered Reopening System Is Flawed

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia KUSI
Monday, March 22, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas explains why Gavin Newsom’s tiered reopening system has no science behind it. Atlas also compares the data from various states and asserts that it proves that the lockdowns were not effective.

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Scott Atlas: Gov. Ron DeSantis Hosts Roundtable Discussion On Public Health

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia WPTV
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas joins Governor Ron DeSantis and a team of medical professionals for a roundtable discussion about public health. Atlas notes that the goal of policy is not to stop all spread of COVID-19 to asymptomatic or very low-risk individuals, the goal is to protect the vulnerable.

In the News

One Of The Lockdowns’ Greatest Casualties Could Be Science

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Federalist
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Politicians, journalists, and scientists have transferred the disease burden onto the working class. They’ve also dangerously undermined scientific inquiry.

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Scott Atlas: Return To Normal Can't Be Based On 'Zero Risk' From Covid

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses Fauci's latest pandemic guidance and notes that returning to normal cannot be based on zero risk.

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Scott Atlas: COVID And Civil Liberties

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Financial Times
Friday, March 12, 2021

[Subscription required] Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses how government's response to COVID-19 has eroded our rights and liberties.

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Featured Publication: Restoring Quality Health Care, 2nd Edition

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