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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. As a practicing rheumatologist for over 30 years, Dr. Shmerling engaged in a mix of patient care, teaching, and research. His research interests center on diagnostic studies in patients with musculoskeletal symptoms, and rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. He has published research regarding infectious arthritis, medical ethics, and diagnostic test performance in 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

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Cancer

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Diseases & Conditions

Can a vegan diet treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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Diseases & Conditions

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Staying Healthy

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Diseases & Conditions

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Women's Health

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Diseases & Conditions

Monkeypox: An unfamiliar virus spreading fast — sound familiar?

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Staying Healthy

An action plan to fight unhealthy inflammation

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Healthcare Disparities

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Diseases & Conditions

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Nutrition

Can vitamin D supplements prevent autoimmune disease?

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Staying Healthy

Why all the buzz about inflammation — and just how bad is it?

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Diseases & Conditions

Harvard Health Ad Watch: A blood thinner winner?

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Staying Healthy

Could cataract surgery protect against dementia?

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Diseases & Conditions

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Diseases & Conditions

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Mind & Mood

Tics and TikTok: Can social media trigger illness?

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Pain

If you have knee pain, telehealth may help

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Staying Healthy

Are poinsettias, mistletoe, or holly plants dangerous?

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Pain

Got back pain? Can virtual reality provide real pain relief?

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Diseases & Conditions

Harvard Health Ad Watch: An upbeat ad for a psoriasis treatment

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Staying Healthy

Time to stock up on zinc?

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