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.

Filter By:

Topic

Type

Recent Commentary

In the News

10 Surprising Facts about American Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia National Center for Policy Analysis
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Medical care in the United States is derided as miserable compared to health care systems in the rest of the developed world...

Analysis and Commentary

Pardon the interruption

by Scott W. Atlasvia Washington Times
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

As politicians, economists, popular media and an ever increasing list of others convincingly proclaim cures for the ills of American health care...

Analysis and Commentary

Beware of ObamaCare

by Scott W. Atlasvia Washington Times
Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama has a plan for American health care...

Managing the Health Care Myth

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 19, 2007

If it’s a free market, why does the U.S. health care system keep its patients in the dark about costs? By Scott W. Atlas.

Analysis and Commentary

Letters to the Editor

by Scott W. Atlasvia Washington Times
Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The Washington Times misses the mark with its criticism of Rudolph W. Giuliani's bold, free-market ideas for improving America's health care system...

Progress by Small Steps

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

“Microloans” already help people in the Third World escape from poverty. Now “micropayments” are helping them get health care. By Scott W. Atlas.

Analysis and Commentary

Health-care lies

by Scott W. Atlasvia Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, June 17, 2007

Politicians, academic leaders, the media and a host of self-anointed experts churn out "facts" about the American health-care system...

Analysis and Commentary

Oh, Canada, we don't want your health care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Orange County Register
Thursday, April 5, 2007

As we enter the U.S. presidential campaign season, the domestic issue du jour is health care...

Analysis and Commentary

Tear down those health-care walls

by Scott W. Atlasvia Washington Times
Friday, March 9, 2007

Surprise. Real vision has again come from Washington...

Analysis and Commentary

Micro health plans for macro benefit

by Scott W. Atlasvia Washington Times
Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Democritus touted the goal of good health in the fifth century B.C., when he said that "without health, nothing is of any use, not money nor anything else" ("On Diet:)...

Pages

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