Dr. Scott Atlas, White House COVID-19 Health Adviser

Dr. Scott Atlas

White House COVID-19 Health Adviser

Scott W. Atlas earned an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MD from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

He spent 14 years as Professor and Chief of Neurology at Stanford University Medical Center. He is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a public policy think tank. He is the editor of the leading textbook in the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine. He has trained more than 100 neuroradiology fellows, many of whom are now leaders in the field throughout the world.

In August 2020, President Trump announced that Dr. Atlas would join the administration as an advisor on COVID-19.

In the News…

Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump’s newest coronavirus advisor, is pressing the case for ensuring that schools are open.

“There is nothing more important than educating our children. In fact, we are the only nation of the Western European and our peer nations… that are somehow sacrificing our children out of our own fear,” he said.

“The reason we can’t lock down the schools is because it’s well known that there are severe harms to children from locking down schools,” Dr. Atlas said. “Socialization and maturation is really a critical reason why children attend school. That’s all missing if you use distance learning.”

He added, “The president outlined guidelines to get children safely back to school, including making sure that the schools have the resources to protect the high-risk teachers, the high-risk students. And they have options for isolating high-risk people from the on-campus environment. Have them teach at a distance.”

But, he said, locking down schools once an individual is confirmed to have the coronavirus is a “panic-driven response.”

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Dr. Atlas today? You can let him know at:

Dr. Scott Atlas
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500


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