Scott W. Atlas

Robert Wesson Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Scott W. Atlas, MD is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow in health policy at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He is also Senior Scholar and Founding Fellow of Hillsdale College’s Academy for Science and Freedom in Washington, DC, and Co‐Director and Co‐Founder of the Global Liberty Institute in Switzerland. Dr. Atlas investigates the impact of government and the private sector on access, quality, and pricing in health care, global trends in health care innovation, and key economic and civil liberties issues related to technology and other health policies.  He is a frequent policy advisor to policymakers and governments in the United States and other countries. He has served as Senior Advisor for Health Care to several candidates for President and members of the US Congress. From July to December, 2020, he served as a Special Advisor to the President and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.   

Before his health policy appointment at Hoover Institution, he was Professor and Chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center for 14 years.  His publications and interviews have appeared worldwide.  Dr. Atlas is the author of numerous books, including “A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America” (Post Hill Press), "In Excellent Health: Setting the Record Straight On America’s Health Care" (Hoover Press), and "Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six‐Point Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost" (Hoover Press). He is also the editor of "Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine", the leading textbook in the field, translated into several languages, and in its 5th edition.    

Dr. Atlas has received many awards and accolades from leading institutions and societies all over the world in recognition of his leadership in policy and medicine. He was awarded the 2021 Freedom Leadership Award, Hillsdale College’s highest honor, “in recognition of his dedication to individual freedom and the free society.”  He also received the 2011 Alumni Achievement Award, the highest career achievement honor for a distinguished alumnus from the University of Illinois in Urbana‐ Champaign.  In the private sector, Atlas is a frequent advisor to start‐up entrepreneurs and companies in life sciences and medical technology.  He received his MD degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine

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Let’s Finally Fix Health Care For Minorities And The Poor

by Scott W. Atlasvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
One important lesson we should draw from the tragic loss of life during the coronavirus pandemic is undeniable – socioeconomic differences correlate to health outcomes. This point seems obvious, because disparities in outcomes have been documented for decades.
Interviews

Scott Atlas: ‘Time To End The Lockdowns’

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Michael Savage Show
Friday, April 30, 2021
Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses easing the nationwide lockdowns.
In the News

Media Hungry Health Advisers Now Support The Same Masking Policies That Scott Atlas Was Ousted For Promoting

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia The Federalist
Monday, April 26, 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN last weekend that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to release new guidance suggesting relaxed outdoor mask policies.

Policy InsightsFeatured

Capitalism Vs. Socialism

featuring Edward Paul Lazear, Lee Ohanian, Joshua D. Rauh, John F. Cogan, Daniel Heil, Terry Anderson, Scott W. Atlas, Russell A. Bermanvia PolicyEd
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Over the last century countries have experimented with variations on both capitalism and socialsm. So how do socialism, capitalism, and their many variants compare?

Capitalism Vs. Socialism

by Daniel Heil featuring the work of Edward Paul Lazear, Lee Ohanian, Joshua D. Rauh, John F. Cogan, Terry Anderson, Scott W. Atlas, Russell A. Bermanvia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Over the last century countries have experimented with variations on both capitalism and socialsm. So how do socialism, capitalism, and their many variants compare?

In the News

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s New Discussion With Scott Atlas, Jay Bhattacharya, And Martin Kulldorff

mentioning Scott W. Atlasvia Cafe Hayek
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Infamously, YouTube removed the video of Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s mid-March roundtable discussion with Scott Atlas, Jay Bhattacharya, Sunetra Gupta, and Martin Kulldorff. Thus, the video of this discussion is, alas, no longer available at Cafe Hayek – but here’s my original link to it.

Analysis and Commentary

Scott Atlas: Gov. DeSantis Roundtable With Public Health Experts

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia First Coast News
Monday, April 12, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas joins a roundtable of health care experts meeting with Governor DeSantis.

Interviews

Dr. Atlas On COVID: Goal Of Zero Risk Is For Irrational People

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox Business
Saturday, April 10, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas talks about the current state of the pandemic and notes that the goal should not be zero risk.

In the News

When Doctors Get Censored You Should Worry

mentioning Scott W. Atlasvia New Jersey 101.5
Friday, April 9, 2021

How often have we heard from the media and the politicians that we should be listening to the doctors and medical experts? How often have people who questioned the efficacy and sensibility of lockdowns and mask mandates been vilified and dismissed in conversation and on social media?

In the News

When Doctors Get Censored You Should Worry

mentioning Scott W. Atlasvia New Jersey 101.5
Friday, April 9, 2021

How often have we heard from the media and the politicians that we should be listening to the doctors and medical experts? How often have people who questioned the efficacy and sensibility of lockdowns and mask mandates been vilified and dismissed in conversation and on social media?

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Featured Publication: Restoring Quality Health Care, 2nd Edition

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