Scott W. Atlas

Robert Wesson Senior Fellow
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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

Dr. Scott Atlas Responds To Biden, Warns Prolonged Coronavirus Lockdown Is ‘Killing People’

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia 1010 WCSI
Monday, August 24, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has promised to lock down the U.S. if scientists advise it, but Special Adviser to the President Dr. Scott Atlas told “The Story” Monday that prolonging lockdowns is only leading to more deaths.

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Atlas Adds A Critical Missing Element To Coronavirus Task Force

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Hill
Sunday, August 23, 2020

Scott Atlas was added to President Trump's Coronavirus Task Force this month, and he quickly took center stage alongside the president.

Interviews

Scott Atlas: Robert Wesson Sr. Fellow At The Hoover Institution/Presidential COVID-19 Advisor, Dr. Scott Atlas, Talks About Biotechnology During COVID-19

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Sirius XM Radio
Friday, August 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas talks about the COVID-19 vaccines, research, biotechnology, and capitalizing on the promises of technology and research.

In the News

Keeping Schools Closed Is Hurting Our Kids

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia American Thinker
Friday, August 21, 2020

With all the conflicting opinions these days, it's hard for people to know if their kids are "safe" in school. Dr. Scott Atlas, Hoover Institution senior fellow and former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center, weighed in: "There is zero science to back up claims that the schools should be closed or even opened with any constraints whatsoever."

In the News

New Trump Coronavirus Adviser Makes Case For Opening All Schools

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Washington Examiner
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump’s newest coronavirus adviser, is pressing the case for ensuring that schools are open.

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Trump's Hiring Of Dr. Atlas May Mean The Return Of Commons Sense

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia NewsMax
Monday, August 17, 2020

These days it seems there is not much good news out there. People are still panicked over the coronavirus, governments are still trampling civil liberties in the name of fighting the virus, the economy — already teetering on the edge of collapse — has been kicked to the ground by what history may record as one of the worst man-made disasters of all time: shutting down the country to fight a cold virus.

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Meet Trump’s New Coronavirus Adviser: Stanford Expert Scott Atlas Wants To Reopen Now, ‘Safely’

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia San Francisco Chronicle
Saturday, August 15, 2020

President Trump’s newest coronavirus adviser is a former Stanford radiologist and health care policy specialist who advocates “safely” reopening the economy and schools now, a stance that puts him at odds with more cautious policymakers in California and even his own university, which this week backed off plans to offer in-person instruction this fall.

In the News

Scott Atlas Brings The Highest Medical Expertise To Public Service

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia National Review
Friday, August 14, 2020

The media-driven attempt to paint his views on health policy as “unscientific” is a smear.

Interviews

Dr. Scott Atlas Responds To CNN Anchor After Trump Taps Him As New Coronavirus Adviser

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas defends himself against the unscientific attacks. Atlas notes that there is an overwhelming body of scientific data to back his recommendations concerning COVID-19.

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One On One With Dr. Scott Atlas

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox 11 News
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the coronavirus and its effect on children.

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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