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.

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 On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the US pharmaceutical supply chain. Atlas notes generics are often made in India, with ingredients from China, and it is time to diversify the supply chain.

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Scott Atlas On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses his New York Post article "Science says: It’s time to start easing the lockdowns."

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Scott Atlas On The Dan Proft Show Podcast

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Dan Proft Show Podcast
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses opening up the economy.

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Scott Atlas - The Data Is In — Stop The Panic And End The Total Isolation

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Lars Larson Show
Tuesday, April 28, 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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Relying On Foreign Drugs Is Dangerous

by Scott W. Atlas, H. R. McMastervia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Generics are often made in India, with ingredients from China. Time to diversify the supply chain.

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Stanford's Scott Atlas Questions 'Harmful' Lockdown Policies, Suggests A Better Way To Move Forward

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia Townhall
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Scott Atlas, former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University and senior fellow at The Hoover Institution, appeared on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Monday to explain how he believes the country should move forward amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dr. Scott Atlas: We Are Creating Massive Critical Health Crisis With "COVID-19 At All Costs" Policy

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Real Clear Politics
Monday, April 27, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the coronavirus’s high spread and low risk to most people is “good news” because “that means that we have a better chance of developing population immunity.” Atlas notes that instead of total lockdown going on which prevents herd immunity, we have a chance to have people develop their own antibodies and eventually have enough people have these antibodies to block this sort of network of progression and contagion to the people who are vulnerable.

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Scott Atlas: The Case For Herd Immunity And Opening Schools

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Conservative Review with Daniel Horowitz
Monday, April 27, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the imperative to end the complete isolation. Dr. Atlas believes there is no reason for schools to be closed and that it’s better for younger and healthier people to develop herd immunity while taking prudent steps to protect the more vulnerable populations.

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Enough With The ‘Hypothetical Models,’ It’s Time To Reopen The U.S. Economy, Stanford Doctor Says

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia MarketWatch
Monday, April 27, 2020

That’s Scott Atlas, former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University, making his case for ending coronavirus lockdowns in favor of a targeted approach to getting the U.S. back on its feet.

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Scott Atlas: What The Next Steps For President Trump Should Be

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Steve Deace Show
Monday, April 27, 2020

(47:35) Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas answers listeners questions about COVID-19.

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