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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Analysis and Commentary

When Will the Backlash Occur?

by Scott W. Atlasvia FoxNews.com
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Americans watching the Affordable Care Act’s implementation are witnessing a government policy debacle that is as large as any in memory.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Is The Public Being Stonewalled On Serious ObamaCare Fixes?

by Scott W. Atlasvia Forbes.com
Sunday, January 26, 2014

The political fall-out to the Democrats from the ACA is threatening their standing in the upcoming elections.

The Doctor Won't See You Now

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

As the new federal program seeks to limit Americans’ access to spe-cialists and medical innovations, primary-care doctors will become ever more scarce.

Healthcare warning
Analysis and Commentary

It's Time to Rethink Health Insurance

by George P. Shultz, Scott W. Atlas, John F. Coganvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, January 6, 2014

As the acute problems of the Affordable Care Act become increasingly apparent, it also has become clear that we need new ways of ensuring access to healthcare for all Americans. We should begin with an examination of health insurance.

Analysis and Commentary

Exposing The World's Great Lie About ObamaCare and Socialized Medicine

by Scott W. Atlasvia FoxNews.com
Friday, January 3, 2014

The true harm of the ObamaCare law is still to come as new government authority over U.S. health care dramatically increases.

Analysis and Commentary

On Thanksgiving, Let's Be Thankful For What Remains Of America's Healthcare

by Scott W. Atlasvia Forbes.com
Thursday, November 28, 2013

The best in the world is needlessly being taken from us.

Scott W. Atlas, MD, is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at the Hoover In

Atlas on Lou Dobbs Tonight: “the public will have to drive the solution”

by Scott W. Atlasvia Lou Dobbs Tonight (Fox Business)
Monday, November 25, 2013

Hoover senior fellow Scott AtlasSo discusses the lasting legacy of Obamacare on Fox Business’s Lou Dobbs Tonight. Topics include choosing doctors and medical centers, continuity of care, primary-care shortages, and the backlash against Obamacare.

Analysis and Commentary

Obamacare Is Misguided: Let’s Prioritize Specialist Care and Technology

by Scott W. Atlasvia Yahoo!Finance
Thursday, November 7, 2013

From Yahoo Finance: By Scott W. Atlas, MD While today’s headlines focus on the horrendous technical failures of Obamacare’s insurance websites, and analysis remains fixated on insider political fights about the law, it will take years after this initial implementation for its real … Continue reading →

Analysis and Commentary

Obamacare's Majestic Failure Is About Much More Than 'Glitches'

by Scott W. Atlasvia Forbes.com
Thursday, October 24, 2013

The government is far outside its area of expertise,

Scott W. Atlas, MD, is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at the Hoover In

Atlas on Sound Off Connecticut Radio: “this is a centralized, top-down, government-controlled issue”

by Scott W. Atlasvia CBS Connecticut
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hoover senior fellow Scott Atlas discusses, on Sound Off Connecticut Radio, recent scandals from the British National Health Service and how that service compares to that offered by the Affordable Care Act.

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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