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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

Posts by Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Diseases & Conditions

Careful! Scary health news can be harmful to your health

Staying Healthy

Is blood sugar monitoring without diabetes worthwhile?

Staying Healthy

Should we track all breakthrough cases of COVID-19?

Pain

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Terrified of needles? That can affect your health

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Are antidepressants also pain relievers?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

Vitamins & Supplements

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

Nutrition

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

Children's Health

Does your health monitor have device bias?

Heart Health

Flowers, chocolates, organ donation — are you in?

COVID-19

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

Heart Health

Are early detection and treatment always best?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

Men's Health

Can gout be prevented?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Good news: Deaths due to HIV are way down

Heart Health

Will eating more chilis help you live longer?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Treating neuropathy: Which medication is best?

COVID-19

Masks save lives: Here’s what you need to know

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Migraine headaches: Could nerve stimulation help?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Does lupus or arthritis affect your prognosis if you get COVID-19?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

It’s still true: Not all the news about COVID-19 is bad

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