President Trump’s newest coronavirus adviser is a Stanford radiologist and health care policy specialist who advocates “safely” reopening the economy and schools now, a stance that puts him at odds with more cautious policymakers in California and even his own university, which this week backed off plans to offer in-person instruction this fall. Dr. Scott Atlas is former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center and currently a health care policy fellow at the Hoover Institution, a right-leaning think tank at Stanford. He faced fire in his first week on the job because he’s not an infectious disease expert, and from some in the Bay Area who called his approach to reopening “naive” and “dangerous.” Atlas, who previously advised other presidential candidates, said Trump asked him to “help out.” “Because of my combined medical science background as well as health policy background, and I think the way I can communicate in a logical way and translate that into something people can understand, I was asked to help out,” Atlas said in an interview with The Chronicle on Friday. “The job of somebody in health care policy is to have an impact on health care policy, not just to write… Read full this story
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