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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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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?

Can gout be prevented? featured image

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

Will eating more chilis help you live longer? featured image

Heart Health

Will eating more chilis help you live longer?

Treating neuropathy: Which medication is best? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Treating neuropathy: Which medication is best?

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

COVID-19

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

Migraine headaches: Could nerve stimulation help? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Migraine headaches: Could nerve stimulation help?

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

Aspirin and breast cancer risk: How a wonder drug may become more wonderful featured image

Cancer

Aspirin and breast cancer risk: How a wonder drug may become more wonderful

Stopping osteoarthritis: Could recent heart research provide a clue? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Stopping osteoarthritis: Could recent heart research provide a clue?

New guidelines for aches, pains, and strains featured image

Exercise & Fitness

New guidelines for aches, pains, and strains

Harvard Health Ad Watch: A feel-good message about a diabetes drug featured image

Drugs & Medications

Harvard Health Ad Watch: A feel-good message about a diabetes drug

Does diet really matter when it comes to adult acne? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Does diet really matter when it comes to adult acne?

Which test is best for COVID-19? featured image

COVID-19

Which test is best for COVID-19?

Wondering about goosebumps? Of course you are featured image

Skin and Hair

Wondering about goosebumps? Of course you are

Avoiding COVID-19 when following the guidelines seems impossible featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Avoiding COVID-19 when following the guidelines seems impossible

Metabolic syndrome is on the rise: What it is and why it matters featured image

Staying Healthy

Metabolic syndrome is on the rise: What it is and why it matters

Daily decisions about risk: What to do when there’s no right answer featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Daily decisions about risk: What to do when there’s no right answer

The plight of nursing home residents in a pandemic featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The plight of nursing home residents in a pandemic

Driving across the country in a pandemic featured image

Infectious diseases

Driving across the country in a pandemic

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