Scott W. Atlas

David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow
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Scott W. Atlas, M.D. is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow of 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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The Right Cure To Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It’s time to instill market-based competition, empower consumers, and reduce the federal government’s authority. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Myth Of Medicare's Excellence, And How To Fix It

by Scott W. Atlasvia Real Clear Health
Friday, April 29, 2016

As the population ages and risk factors like obesity continue to compound, Americans will increasingly require medical care at an unprecedented level. Among Democratic candidates for president, Sen. Bernie Sanders espouses “Medicare-for-all,” and Secretary Hillary Clinton fights against private options for seniors, while Republican candidate positions remain vague. 

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The Impending Disaster Of Health Care Supply

by Scott W. Atlasvia Investor's Business Daily
Friday, April 29, 2016

The Affordable Care Act’s regulations, mandates and taxes have pushed health care in the wrong direction. Along with higher premiums and costly expansion of failing public programs, increasing consolidation among insurers, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and doctor practices reduces competition, hurts consumers and raises prices to patients by thousands of dollars per year.

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Better Ideas, Stat

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 18, 2016

Just as predicted, patients are facing higher costs, fewer choices, and swelling bureaucracy. ObamaCare needs urgent care.

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How To Fix The Scandal Of Medicaid And The Poor

by Scott W. Atlasvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Many doctors won’t take the insurance, and the care patients do receive is inferior. Here’s a solution.

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Rescuing ObamaCare

by Scott W. Atlas, John F. Coganvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The best cure? High-deductible plans and health savings accounts.

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Under Obamacare, Hospitals Merge, Doctors Merge, And Patients Pay More For Less

by Scott W. Atlasvia National Review
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Years after the initial rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the American people, the health-care industry, and the courts still struggle to navigate the law.

Healthcare Costs
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Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six Point Plan For Comprehensive Reform At Lower Cost

by Scott W. Atlasvia Real Clear Health
Monday, November 9, 2015

The current trajectory of the health system threatens its sustainability. Instead of the trade-off "take away benefits or raise taxes," I propose a six-point plan that restores the appropriate incentives to increase health care quality and simultaneously reduce its costs.

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Restoring Quality Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, October 26, 2015

Time is of the essence. America’s aging population will increasingly require medical care at an unprecedented level. Although extraordinary advances in technology offer great promise, the current trajectory of the health system, particularly under Obamacare, threatens both the sustainability of the system and the innovation essential to reaching its full potential.

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Two Essential Tools For Repairing The Obamacare Damage

by Scott W. Atlas, John F. Coganvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Health-care savings accounts and high-deductible plans empower consumers and will bring down costs.

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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