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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Robert H. Shmerling, MD, is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He served for more than two decades as the Robinson Firm Chief in the teaching program of the BIDMC internal medicine residency. As a practicing rheumatologist for over 30 years, Dr. Shmerling engaged in a mix of patient care, teaching, and research. His practice included challenging patients, both in the clinic and the inpatient consultation service. His research interests center on diagnostic studies in patients with musculoskeletal symptoms, rheumatic, and autoimmune diseases. He has published research regarding infectious arthritis and how well diagnostic tests perform in patients with suspected rheumatic disease. Having retired from patient care in 2019, Dr. Shmerling now works as a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing.

Twitter: @RobShmerling

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Diseases & Conditions

Can wearing contacts harm your vision?

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Staying Healthy

Ready for your routine medical checkup?

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Staying Healthy

Wondering about a headline-grabbing drug? Read on

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Staying Healthy

Is our healthcare system broken?

Harvard Health Ad Watch: How helpful are pulse monitors and home ECGs? featured image

Heart Health

Harvard Health Ad Watch: How helpful are pulse monitors and home ECGs?

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Nutrition

Using weight loss or sports supplements? Exercise caution

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Diseases & Conditions

Careful! Scary health news can be harmful to your health

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Staying Healthy

Is blood sugar monitoring without diabetes worthwhile?

Should we track all breakthrough cases of COVID-19? featured image

Staying Healthy

Should we track all breakthrough cases of COVID-19?

Harvard Health Ad Watch: Aches, pains, and muscle cramps — do well-advertised remedies actually work? featured image

Pain

Harvard Health Ad Watch: Aches, pains, and muscle cramps — do well-advertised remedies actually work?

Terrified of needles? That can affect your health featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Terrified of needles? That can affect your health

Are antidepressants also pain relievers? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Are antidepressants also pain relievers?

Do vitamin D, zinc, and other supplements help prevent COVID-19 or hasten healing? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Do vitamin D, zinc, and other supplements help prevent COVID-19 or hasten healing?

Harvard Health Ad Watch: Mitochondria do a lot for you — what can you do for them? featured image

Vitamins & Supplements

Harvard Health Ad Watch: Mitochondria do a lot for you — what can you do for them?

Zero weight loss from zero calorie drinks? Say it ain’t so featured image

Nutrition

Zero weight loss from zero calorie drinks? Say it ain’t so

You got the COVID-19 vaccine? I have vaccine envy featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

You got the COVID-19 vaccine? I have vaccine envy

Does your health monitor have device bias? featured image

Children's Health

Does your health monitor have device bias?

Flowers, chocolates, organ donation — are you in? featured image

Heart Health

Flowers, chocolates, organ donation — are you in?

COVID-19 vaccines: Safety, side effects –– and coincidence featured image

COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccines: Safety, side effects –– and coincidence

Harvard Health Ad Watch: Can an arthritis drug help you become a morning person? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Harvard Health Ad Watch: Can an arthritis drug help you become a morning person?

Are early detection and treatment always best? featured image

Heart Health

Are early detection and treatment always best?

Need surgery? Should you avoid your surgeon’s birthday? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Need surgery? Should you avoid your surgeon’s birthday?

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Men's Health

Can gout be prevented?

Good news: Deaths due to HIV are way down featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Good news: Deaths due to HIV are way down

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