November 18, 2020 at 9:43 AM EST
Stanford distances itself from Scott Atlas
By James Hohmann and Mariana Alfaro
Scott Atlas, one of Trump’s coronavirus advisers, a neuroradiologist without public health experience who has made questionable statements, made headlines again over the weekend for encouraging Michigan residents to “rise up” against new restrictions unveiled by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D). Atlas is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank affiliated with Stanford University, but he is on leave to serve on Trump’s task force.
Without offering specifics, the university said in a statement that Atlas “has expressed views that are inconsistent with the university’s approach in response to the pandemic” and his comments “reflect his personal views, not those of the Hoover Institution or the university.”