Scott W. Atlas

Robert Wesson Senior Fellow

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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In the News

Recovery Could Falter Without More Targeted, Focused Stimulus: Charles Dallara

mentioning Scott W. Atlasvia CNBC
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Charles Dallara, The Partners Group USA chairman, and former CEO of the Institute of International Finance, joins ‘Squawk on the Street’ to discuss if a recovery could happen without additional stimulus.


Scott Atlas On Mornings On The Mall

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia OMNY FM
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the coronavirus task force and some of his concerns concerning the closure of schools and online learning.


Trump's New Covid-19 Adviser Scott Atlas Responds To Critics

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia CNN
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas responds to critics.

In the News

Prominent US Doctors Break Down Which Coronavirus Tests Will Curb Transmission Rates

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia America's News HQ (Fox News)
Friday, September 4, 2020

Rapid antigen tests could play a pivotal role in curbing the spread of the coronavirus, according to some of the country’s top medical professionals.

In the News

New White House Coronavirus Adviser Says He’s A ‘Straight Shooter’

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia ABC
Friday, September 4, 2020

Dr. Scott Atlas, the controversial newest addition to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, says he is a “straight shooter.” He proceeded to demonstrate that in a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with BBC Radio Friday.


Trump’s Covid Adviser Gets A Washington Welcome

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, September 4, 2020

Scott W. Atlas makes the case for reopening and says it’s a ‘preposterous lie’ that he advocates ‘herd immunity.’

White House at night

Scott Atlas On BBC Newshour

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia BBC
Friday, September 4, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses coronavirus as well as his position at the White House.


Dr. Scott Atlas Denies Reports He Backed 'Herd Immunity,' Says No Safety Measures Are Being Cut For COVID Vaccine

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the White House strategy for fighting COVID-19.

In the News

Scott Atlas Is A Needed Voice Of Wisdom And Reason On The Coronavirus Taskforce

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia Rep. Andy Biggs
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Thank goodness that President Trump has appointed a knowledgeable, credible counterbalance to the Coronavirus Taskforce. Dr. Scott Atlas is not a bureaucrat like Dr. Anthony Fauci or Dr. Deborah Birx; he is a world-renowned scientist and physician who seems to actually study the totality of the impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic. Dr. Fauci, by contrast, has repeatedly conceded that he hasn’t considered the economic impacts and secondary public health crises of his COVID-19 advice.


Restore Our Lives Using Medical Science, Data And Common Sense

by Scott W. Atlasvia The Hill
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Americans are anxious to get back to work and to send their children to school. The science backs them up. We have learned a lot over the past months, and we are putting that knowledge to use. We are capitalizing on the advanced capabilities that we have developed, as we redouble our efforts to protect vulnerable populations and deliver new and effective treatments in record time.


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