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. 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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Open Forum: Evidence Doesn't Support Part-Time School

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Winchester Star
Thursday, July 16, 2020

"There is no science behind having children not attend schools," says Stanford's Dr. Scott Atlas. "Cases in low-risk populations (is) exactly how we are going to get herd immunity, population immunity, when low risk people with no significant problem handling the virus, which is basically 99% of people, get this and they become immune and they block the pathways of connectivity to more contagious, older, sicker people," he said.

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Stanford Doctor Scott Atlas Says The Science Shows Kids Should Go Back To School

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Federalist
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Scott Atlas told Fox News there are “zero excuses” to keep children from returning to schools in the fall.

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Dr. Scott Atlas: Too Much Hysteria Over School Reopenings

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas weighs in on keeping schools safe amid the coronavirus pandemic and notes the research shows that children are not at risk for COVID-19 and children do not spread the disease.

Interviews

Dr. Scott Atlas On Examining Politics

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Examining Politics Podcast
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas talks about the science behind America's largest school systems deciding to stay closed with at-home learning systems this fall? Atlas says there IS NO science behind these decisions.

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Stanford Doctor: 'Anyone Who Prioritizes Children Would Reopen The Schools'

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia The Federalist
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Dr. Scott Atlas said it “feel(s) like I’m living in a Kafka novel” when watching politicians’ “hysteria” against school reopening, in an TV interview Monday with Martha MacCallum. According to the renowned doctor, school closings severely damage children’s’ development and generate next to no gains for public health.

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Dr. Scott Atlas Reacts To San Diego Unified School District Opting To Keep Students Home For Upcoming Year

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia KUSI
Monday, July 13, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas talks about the San Diego Unified School District closing K-12 campuses for the school year and all of the problems related to the closures. Atlas notes that the research shows that children are not at risk for COVID-19 and children do not spread the disease.

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Dr. Scott Atlas Slams 'Hysteria' Over Reopening Schools As Covid-19 Cases Spike Across America

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Monday, July 13, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses the 'hysteria' over reopening schools and notes that all of the data shows that children are not at risk for COVID-19 and children do not spread the disease.

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Dr. Scott Atlas On The Glenn Beck Program

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Glenn Beck Program
Monday, July 13, 2020

(23:58) Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas breaks down the reality of COVID-19 and why the science supports reopening schools.

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Dr. Scott Atlas: Coronavirus Surges Linked Mostly To Protests -- And Proximity To US-Mexico Border

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Sunday, July 12, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas talks about the coronavirus surges which are linked mostly to protests and proximity to US-Mexico border.

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‘Counter To Science’: Dr. Scott Atlas Makes The Case For Reopening Schools In The Fall

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Daily Caller
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas shares his views on the reopening of schools in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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