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.

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 Says The Data Shows The Decision To Reopen Schools In The Fall Is ‘Obvious’

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia KUSI
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas explains kids have very little risk to COVID-19, and implementing excessive protocols in order to return to school will simply become an unneeded distraction.

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Restoring Quality Health Care, 2nd Edition

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Presents key reforms to increase the access and quality of health care, reduce its costs, and empower consumers. Updated for 2020, including facts about single-payer systems.

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How Bad Science Led To Disastrous COVID-19 Policies, With Dr. Scott Atlas

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Hold These Truths with Dan Crenshaw
Sunday, June 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses closures and other fear-based mitigation strategies that are still happening across America in reaction to COVID-19.

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Asymptomatic Coronavirus Transmission Being Rare Is A Fact: Dr. Scott Atlas

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox Business
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas talks about the World Health Organization's statement on asymptomatic coronavirus transmission being rare and discusses the development of a vaccine.

Interviews

‘Sloppy Thinking’: Stanford’s Scott Atlas Rips Lockdown And Mask-Wearing Proponents For Denying Science And Ignoring Data

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Daily Caller
Monday, June 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas criticized politicians and policy makers who seemingly aren’t taking the latest “data” into account when making coronavirus-related decisions.

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Scott Atlas On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, June 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses his Hill article he co-authored with Hoover Institution fellow Paul Peterson titled "Science says: 'Open the schools'."

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Science Says: 'Open The Schools'

by Scott W. Atlas, Paul E. Petersonvia The Hill
Monday, June 1, 2020

To stop COVID-19 dead in its tracks, many governors, mayors and superintendents are threatening to keep schools closed this fall, failing to consider the greater harm that comes from refusing to open them.

Interviews

Dr. Scott Atlas (Stanford Univ): COVID-19 Shutdowns Are Killing People

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Ross Kaminsky Show
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses ending the COVID-19 lockdowns as soon as possible.

Scott Atlas: The Human Cost Of The Lockdowns

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Tipping Point With Liz Wheeler on OAN
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the human cost of the lockdowns.
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Dr. Scott Atlas Warns COVID-19 Shutdown Will Cost Americans Millions Of Years Of Life

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses COVID-19 and encourages ending the lockdowns for the health of everyone.

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