Who Is Dr. Scott Atlas? Trump's New Covid Health Adviser Seen As Counter To Fauci And Birx - 2020-08-12
A senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank, Atlas is not an infectious disease expert — he's board-certified in diagnostic radiology, which means he specializes in reading and interpreting imaging like X-rays, CT scans and MRIs, and he served as a professor and chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center from 1998 to 2012.
Described on his Stanford bio as someone who "investigates the impact of government and the private sector" on healthcare and medical technology and innovation, Atlas joined Mitt Romney's campaign for president in 2012 as a healthcare adviser. He had criticized Romney in 2007 over his healthcare plan while supporting New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's bid for president.
Atlas has recently appeared as a guest on Trump's preferred news channel, Fox, calling on school districts and colleges to open their doors for in-person instruction and railing against the "frenzy" around mass testing.