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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Scott Atlas: "There's No Evidence To Keep People Inside And Lockdown Parks And Beaches"

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Ben Shapiro Show
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses how to end the lockdowns while protecting the vulnerable.

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Scott Atlas: Are Hypothetical Projections Hindering Progress?

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia CNN
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas says according to the data we know who to protect and we can do that, but there's no evidence to keep people in their homes or to keep schools closed or to stop businesses from functioning.

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"Public Policy Should Never Be Impacted By Fear" Dr. Scott Atlas Talks To A&G.

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Armstrong & Getty
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses COVID-19 predictions and rational steps that can be taken to protect those who are most vulnerable--as well as society as a whole.

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Dr. Scott Atlas Bashes Latest Coronavirus Model, Says There's 'No Scientific Evidence' To Keep Schools Closed

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Hoover Institution senior fellow Dr. Scott Atlas dismissed a new model from the University of Washington's Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) that projects more than 134,000 Americans will die of COVID-19 by Aug. 4 as states begin to reopen their economies.

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Dr. Scott Atlas Says Science And Logic Must Guide The Reopening Of America

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Monday, May 4, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses a better way to handle COVID-19 rather than policies based on fear and catastrophic projections.

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How To Reopen Society Using Medical Science And Logic

by Scott W. Atlasvia The Hill
Sunday, May 3, 2020

As of the first week of May, more than 66,000 Americans have died from the COVID-19 pandemic. Given that three to four weeks typically elapse before death, thousands more who are already infected will also succumb to the virus. That said, the direct toll from the infection has markedly declined throughout the United States, including the epicenter of New York. 

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Dr. Atlas: Science Says: It's Time To Start Easing The Lockdowns

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses reopening the US amid COVID-19 pandemic.

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Scott Atlas: No More Panic, Relax Social Distancing Orders

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Rich Zeoli Show
Friday, May 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the need to end isolation in the United States as well as our reliance on medications made in foreign counties.

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Scott Atlas Talks Testing On The Howie Carr Show

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Howie Carr Show
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

(18:15) Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses his The Hill article "The Data Is In — Stop The Panic And End The Total Isolation."

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Scott Atlas On Mornings On The Mall

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Mornings on the Mall
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses his The Hill article "The Data Is In — Stop The Panic And End The Total Isolation."

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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