Stanford's relationship with the Hoover Institution has always been touchy. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it worse. : On Monday, Stanford University took a step that might be career-shattering in almost any field except academia: It formally distanced itself from a faculty member. The faculty member is Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist who is a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and a former professor at its medical school. At the moment, Atlas is a leading advisor on the COVID-19 pandemic to President Trump. “Dr.