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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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.

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Dr. Scott Atlas Discusses White House Coronavirus Task Force Latest Efforts

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia KUSI
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas explains how he has been contributing to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and what the task force is working on to combat coronavirus and keep Americans safe.

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Dr. Scott Atlas, Trump’s New Coronavirus Adviser, ‘We Are Uniquely Panicking Over Opening Our Schools’

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas says schools are low-risk environments and keeping schools closed is actually incredibly harmful to children and their development.

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President Trump's Pandemic Advisor Dr. Scott Atlas Says Story On Him Pushing 'Herd Immunity' Is "An Overt Lie"

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Michael Smerconish Program
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas talks about coronavirus and says he never advocated a herd immunity strategy, and the Trump administration does not have a strategy of herd immunity either.

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Dr. Scott Atlas Blasts Reports He Backed 'Herd Immunity': ‘I’ve Never Said That To The President’

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas says that he does not support a herd immunity strategy nor does the Trump Administration.

In the News

Govenor To Parents: ’Schools Are Safe’

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia News4Jax
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis made three stops in Florida Monday, assuring parents and educators that opening classrooms poses far fewer risks than keeping them closed.

In the News

President Trump’s New Pandemic Advisor Visits Central Florida

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia FOX35
Monday, August 31, 2020

Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump’s new pandemic advisor, made a stop in The Villages alongside Governor Ron DeSantis.

In the News

Trump’s New Pandemic Advisor Visits Central Florida

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia FOX35
Monday, August 31, 2020

Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump’s new pandemic advisor, made a stop in The Villages alongside Governor Ron DeSantis.

In the News

What Led To The First School Shut Down In Florida

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia News4Jax
Monday, August 31, 2020

As of Monday morning, every school district in Florida has started its school year.

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Dr. Scott Atlas Joins Gov. Ron DeSantis To Discuss Reopening Of Schools In Florida

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia WPTV
Monday, August 31, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas joins Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to discuss the return to schools.

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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