Scott W. Atlas

Robert Wesson Senior Fellow

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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Trump Adds Coronavirus Adviser Whose Views Closely Align With His Own

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 13, 2020

President Trump this week tapped a new coronavirus adviser whose views on the pandemic closely align with his own. Scott Atlas, who spoke at Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing at the White House, is a radiologist, a senior fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution of Stanford University and a frequent Fox News commentator.

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Trump Taps Board-certified Radiologist As New COVID-19 Advisor

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia Health Imaging
Thursday, August 13, 2020

A new face walked out with President Trump during his daily coronavirus briefing on Monday: Scott Atlas, MD, a board-certified radiologist. “He's working with us and will be working with us on the coronavirus," Trump said during the Aug. 10 meeting. "And he has many great ideas. And he thinks what we've done is really good, and now we'll take it to a new level.”

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Dr. Scott Atlas Should Provide Hopeful Insight On These COVID-19 Topics—Now

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia PJ Media
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Dr. Scott Atlas joining the Coronavirus Task Force is a wonderful addition. He will provide some common sense, using honest risk-evaluation regarding COVID-19, which has been missing. Since the beginning of the pandemic, his opinions and thoughts about public policy have evolved as new information became available.

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Who Is Dr. Scott Atlas? Trump's New Covid Health Adviser Seen As Counter To Fauci And Birx

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia Forbes
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

After months of butting heads with his medical experts, including the government’s top infectious disease official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Trump introduced a new adviser to the administration during his coronavirus briefing on Monday, Dr. Scott Atlas, whose views on Covid-19 and school reopenings more closely match the president's.


Scott Atlas: Should We Be Wearing Masks Everywhere, Even At Home?

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses some of the precautions that should be taken to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus.

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New Doctor Working With White House Coronavirus Team Hits Media, Policymakers: ‘Not Appropriate Policy’

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Daily Wire
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

President Donald Trump announced during a press briefing on Tuesday that Scott Atlas, M.D., was working with the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

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Dr. Scott Atlas On New Role Advising White House, Fate Of College Sports Amid COVID Pandemic

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Yahoo News
Monday, August 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the reason why college football should be played this season.


Dr. Scott Atlas Backs Calls To Play College Football This Fall: 'We Have To Become Rational Here'

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Monday, August 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas explains that college athletes are in the best situation to safely play their sport during the coronavirus pandemic.

Another Political Placebo

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Medicare for All was never going to be a miracle cure—far less in times of pandemic.


Stanford’s Dr. Scott Atlas: ‘Stopping COVID-19 Cases Is Not The Appropriate Goal’

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Daily Caller
Monday, August 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses COVID-19 and says that stopping cases “is not the appropriate goal” in combating coronavirus.


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