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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Congressman Biggs And Dr. Scott Atlas Break Down The Scientific Analysis Of COVID-19

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Rep. Andy Biggs
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses COVID-19 with Congressman Andy Biggs.

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Scott Atlas On The Seth Leibsohn Show

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Seth Leibsohn Show
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses how the response to COVID-19 has been based on fear rather than science.  

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Scott Atlas On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses his Hill article "Adding to Dr. Fauci's diagnosis: The critical case for ending our shutdown."

 
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Scott Atlas On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses his Hill article "Adding to Dr. Fauci's diagnosis: The critical case for ending our shutdown."

 
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Scott Atlas: The Case Against Lockdowns

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Tipping Point With Liz Wheeler on OAN
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses reasons why we should end the lockdowns and take a more rational and evidence based approach to COVID-19.

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Scott Atlas: Cure Worse Than The Disease

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Chris Stigall Show
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the realities and myths associated with masks, vaccines, social distancing, dangers to school kids, Hydroxychloroquine, and much more.

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Scott Atlas On The Larry O'Connor Show

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Larry O'Connor Show
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses his Hill article "Adding to Dr. Fauci's diagnosis: The critical case for ending our shutdown."

Scott W. Atlas: Cleaning up the Post-Obamacare Mess: Restoring Quality Health Care at Lower Cost
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Scott Atlas Tells It Like It Is

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia John and Ken on Demand
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the reaction to COVID-19 and notes there should be no fear and panic anymore. We know that. We know who the virus impacts. We know who to protect.

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Adding To Dr. Fauci's Diagnosis: The Critical Case For Ending Our Shutdown

by Scott W. Atlasvia The Hill
Monday, May 18, 2020

By now, everyone recognizes Dr. Anthony Fauci. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is one of the most cited immunology researchers of all time and unquestionably one of the most acclaimed. As specified in his own bio, his deep expertise is in research of immune-mediated and infectious disease, particularly their basic mechanisms and treatments.

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Dr. Scott Atlas Discusses Policies To Establish Herd Immunity

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the lockdowns and how to reopen the economy now.

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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