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Attorneys for Scott Atlas threatened to sue the people who signed an open letter denouncing his qualifications for his role on the White House’s #Covid response team if they didn't retract their statements  https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/17/scott-atlas-stanford-defamation-suit-416992 

Last week dozens of doctors and researchers affiliated with Stanford University signed a letter slamming Atlas, who worked as a senior fellow at its Hoover Institution, saying they had a responsibility to denounce his optimistic outlook on #Covid19  https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/17/scott-atlas-stanford-defamation-suit-416992 

“Many of his opinions and statements run counter to established science and, by doing so, undermine public-health authorities and the credible science that guides effective public health policy,” the letter states  https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/17/scott-atlas-stanford-defamation-suit-416992 

Atlas does not appear to have a background in public health, epidemiology or infectious diseases.

He has specialized in radiology and neuroradiology, including serving as chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center  https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/17/scott-atlas-stanford-defamation-suit-416992 


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