Stanford University’s statement on Dr. Scott Atlas

Scott Atlas is Donald Trump’s leading adviser on COVID-19.

He is a neuroradiologist. In other words, he specializes in “the diagnoses and treatment of brain, spinal chord, head and neck, and vascular lesions using x-rays, magnetic fields, radio waves, and ultrasound.”

Scott Atlas is not an infectious disease expert. In other words, he is NOT an expert in the “diagnosis and treatment of diseases caused by microorganisms, including bacteria, virus, fungi and parasites.”

This weekend, after Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer announced COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, casinos, bowling alleys, and schools, Atlas tweeted: “The only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp.” (It appears Atlas is also an activist, political commentator, revolutionary, and perhaps an inciter of violence).

Yesterday the editorial board of The Washington Post called for his immediate firing.

Atlas current serves as a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a think tank affiliated with Stanford University.

Yesterday Stanford issues this statement:

The university has been asked to comment on recent statements made by Dr. Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution who is on leave of absence from that position.

Stanford’s position on managing the pandemic in our community is clear.  We support using masks, social distancing, and conducting surveillance and diagnostic testing.  We also believe in the importance of strictly following the guidance of local and state health authorities.

Dr. Atlas has expressed views that are inconsistent with the university’s approach in response to the pandemic. Dr. Atlas’s statements reflect his personal views, not those of the Hoover Institution or the university.

Now it looks like the Republican members of the Michigan legislature want to impeach Whitmer.