Thomas Jefferson statue in the Jefferson Memorial.

Scott W. Atlas, M.D.

Scott W. Atlas, M.D., is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow in health care policy at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and a fellow at Hillsdale College's Academy for Science and Freedom. 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 issues related to the future of technology-based medical advances. He is a frequent policy advisor to policymakers and government officials in the United States and in other countries. He has served as Senior Advisor for Health Care to several numerous candidates for President, as well as having counselled members of the U.S. Congress on health care, testified before Congress, and briefed directors of key federal agencies. 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 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, most recently “A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America” (Post Hill Press). His other books include “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 that has been translated into several languages, now in its fifth 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 M.D. degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine.

Hillsdale in D.C.

Hillsdale College’s presence in Washington, D.C. extends the College’s educational mission to the nation’s capital by teaching and promoting the principles and practice of American constitutionalism. Hillsdale in D.C. seeks to inspire and form students, citizens, practitioners, and statesmen, who will restore America’s principles and revive self-government in the political life of our nation.

Since the late 1970s, the College has been sending its undergraduate students to study in Washington, D.C.  through the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program. On September 17, 2010, the College opened a permanent facility in Washington, D.C.—the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship—which hosts public lectures, educational seminars, and congressional briefings. The College has sponsored an annual Constitution Day dinner and conference since that time.

Hillsdale also sponsors the James Madison Fellows Program, an intellectual community for mid- to senior-level working professionals to engage in the study of constitutional principles and to consider seriously the actions necessary to perpetuate free government.

In order to extend further its formal teaching mission, Hillsdale College launched a new and unique graduate school of government in Washington, D.C. for the purpose of teaching politics and statecraft to young professionals working in Washington, D.C.