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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Analysis and Commentary

No More Entitlements

by Scott W. Atlasvia Forbes
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Americans have the right to control their own medical care without government interference...

In the News

Health Care for One Billion: Experimenting with Incentive for the Supply of Health Care in Rural China

by Scott W. Atlasvia Stanford University
Wednesday, February 24, 2010

This project report has four parts. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Commonsense Health-Care Reforms

by Scott W. Atlasvia National Review
Monday, December 14, 2009

Trumpeting the straw-man argument that “doing nothing is simply unacceptable,” U.S. lawmakers continue to advocate a frighteningly sweeping government takeover of American health care. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

By Reason of Insanity

by Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Thursday, December 10, 2009

We now hear that there is new momentum to the Democrat plans for health care system reform. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Research gains at risk

by Scott W. Atlasvia Washington Times
Sunday, November 15, 2009

As the world accelerates technology solutions for everything from education to commerce to environmental health to economic growth, our president is focused on government centralization and traveling back in time to "reform" American health care. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Where's the benefit?

by Scott W. Atlasvia Washington Times
Sunday, October 25, 2009

Regardless of the facts, most of the media seem to focus on one aspect of the proposed health care legislation - cost - as if it is a given that the Democratic reforms are desirable, except for the quandary of how to pay for them...

Scott W. Atlas, MD, is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at the Hoover In

Where’s the Benefit?

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, October 25, 2009

Beneath piles of proposals, nothing but harm

Analysis and Commentary

Inside The Baucus Health Plan

by Scott W. Atlasvia Forbes
Monday, October 12, 2009

The Congressional Budget Office numbers are in, and America's politicians and self-defined experts in the media will be either extolling its accuracies or deriding its fantasies, to validate their own positions on the Baucus health plan...

Cancel the Code Blue

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Ready for restricted access to doctors, therapies, and care? Most patients say no. Yet this is what Obama Care is in a big hurry to deliver. By Scott W. Atlas.

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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