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. He is currently serving as a Special Advisor to the President and is a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

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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Altas Agonistes

by John H. Cochrane featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Grumpy Economist
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

A group of Stanford faculty recently circulated, and then posted, an open letter objecting to my Hoover colleague Scott Atlas, who serves as a senior adviser to the Administration on health policy. Read the letter. Then come back for a little reading comprehension test.

Interviews

Scott Atlas: White House COVID Adviser Responds To Criticism From The Left

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas talks about the attacks on him, and notes that the hyperbole is very destructive. Atlas says that he as well as the White House are doing everything possible to keep people safe.

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Science Says: Colleges Should All Reopen (With Precautions)

by Scott W. Atlasvia New York Post
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

World-class universities are among America’s most treasured institutions. Unfortunately, several universities have recently announced their plans to shut down in response to new COVID-19 cases among students. That’s wrong: Universities should stay open, even when they see an increase in cases.

In the News

YouTube's Political Censorship

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 14, 2020

[Subscription Required] The company suddenly removes an interview with Trump’s virus adviser.

In the News

Silicon Valley Values

featuring Scott W. Atlas, Lanhee J. Chenvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 14, 2020

[Subscription Required] Skepticism of government is great, but some governments deserve more than others.

In the News

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya Of Stanford Medical And Dr. Martin Kulldorff Of Harvard Medical Discuss COVID And Opening Schools With Michael Smerconish

mentioning Scott W. Atlasvia Sirius XM Radio
Monday, September 14, 2020

Michael Smerconish talks with Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University and Dr. Martin Kulldorff of Harvard Medical School about COVID-19 and the re-opening of schools.

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Censoring Scott Atlas Should Be The Last Straw For Big Tech’s Censorship

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia AllSides
Monday, September 14, 2020

If the coronavirus pandemic has proved anything it is that most Americans and their leaders are more concerned with their safety than with preserving their freedom.

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Big Tech Removes A Video From Prominent Think Tank For Contradicting WHO On Coronavirus

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia Townhall
Monday, September 14, 2020

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is one of the most prominent think tanks in America, and its fellows are some the most accomplished in their respective fields. But that doesn’t matter to Big Tech. YouTube recently removed a June 23 interview its senior fellow Dr. Scott Atlas did with Hoover because it goes against the World Health Organization’s position on the Wuhan coronavirus.

In the News

Censoring Scott Atlas Should Be The Last Straw For Big Tech’s Censorship

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Federalist
Monday, September 14, 2020
If the coronavirus pandemic has proved anything it is that most Americans and their leaders are more concerned with their safety than with preserving their freedom.
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Dr. Scott Atlas With Eric Bolling On Politics & COVID-19

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia America This Week with Eric Bolling
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses COVID-19 and says he and the Trump Administration are doing everything they can to keep everyone safe.

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