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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Dr. Scott Atlas On States Reopening Amid Coronavirus Pandemic: 'There Should Be No Fear And Panic Anymore'

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Saturday, May 9, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas weighed in on states reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Atlas notes there should be no fear and panic anymore. We know who the virus impacts. We know who to protect.

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Reynolds: Gov. Polis, You Can Protect Colorado Lives And Rights At The Same Time

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia Sentinel
Friday, May 8, 2020

Governor Jared Polis, we understand something of the challenges that face you in this COVID-19 crisis, and we are supportive of your motives in desiring to keep Coloradans safe. However, we assess that some of the objectives stated by the Polis Administration could be better accomplished without undue infringement upon US Constitutional rights.

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Dr. Scott Atlas On The Pandemic Panic

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Howie Carr Show
Friday, May 8, 2020

(20:14) Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses COVID-19, ending the lockdowns, and reopening the economy.

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Dr. Atlas: Coronavirus Too Widespread For Contact Tracing To Be Really Useful

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas weighs in on using contact tracing as cities reopen, and notes contact tracing is an improper tool at this point in this infection.
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Sidney Powell, Joe Digenova And Dr. Scott Atlas On Examining Politics With Larry O'Connor (15:15)

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Washington Examiner
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas says that the science dictates ending the stay at home isolation protocols now to prevent more people from dying because of the economic shutdowns.
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Dr. Scott Atlas Suggests Using Evidence, Science And Logic When Making Coronavirus Regulations

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia KUSI
Thursday, May 7, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas explains that the lockdowns and closures were done to “flatten the curve,” which has been done, but those decisions were also made before we had scientific evidence about the coronavirus. The situation we are in now, is not the same as it was when we made these decisions, and we need to end the lockdowns while protecting the vulnerable.

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Dr. Scott Atlas On The Larry O'Connor Show

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Larry O'Connor Show
Thursday, May 7, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses COVID-19 and notes that the virus is widespread so keeping people locked down should end so we can reopen the economy.

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Scott Atlas: COVID-19: How New Information Should Drive Policy

with Scott W. Atlasvia U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas testifies at a US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs “How New Information Should Drive Policy." Atlas's testimony How To Re‐Open Society Using Evidence, Medical Science, and Logic.

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Scott Atlas And John Taylor: COVID 19 And Reopening The Economy | Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing

interview with Scott W. Atlas, John B. Taylorvia Hoover Podcasts
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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Hoover Institution Fellows Scott Atlas And John Taylor: COVID 19 And Reopening the Economy. 
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Scott Atlas and John Taylor: COVID-19 and Reopening the Economy

interview with Scott W. Atlas, John B. Taylorvia Hoover Virtual Policy Briefings
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

A Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing with Scott Atlas and John Taylor: COVID-19 and Reopening the Economy  
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET.

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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