Robert E. Oshel, Ph.D.

Robert E. Oshel, Ph.D., is an expert on malpractice and medical discipline issues.  Prior to his retirement he was Associate Director for Research and Disputes for the National Practitioner Data Bank.  By law the Data Bank receives reports of all malpractice payments and most state licensure and clinical privileges disciplinary actions.  Dr. Oshel designed the Data Bank's program for research use of reported data and also established the Data Bank's Public Use Data File, https://www.npdb.hrsa.gov/resources/publicData.jsp.  Dr. Oshel also led the Data Bank's administrative process for adjudicating disputed reports.  He currently volunteers for malpractice and medical discipline research and Data Bank issues for Public Citizen and the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project.  His research has been published or cited in numerous professional journals and popular publications, including Consumer Reports.