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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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Stopping osteoarthritis: Could recent heart research provide a clue?

Exercise & Fitness

New guidelines for aches, pains, and strains

Drugs & Medications

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Does diet really matter when it comes to adult acne?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Which test is best for COVID-19?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Wondering about goosebumps? Of course you are

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Avoiding COVID-19 when following the guidelines seems impossible

Heart Health

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The plight of nursing home residents in a pandemic

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Driving across the country in a pandemic

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Bracing for contact tracing

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

When dieting doesn’t work

Men's Health

Some healthcare can safely wait (and some can’t)

Cancer

And now for some good news on health

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Harvard Health Ad Watch: An arthritis ad in 4 parts

Cancer

More sexual partners, more cancer?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

As the pandemic drags on, when can we get back to work?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Knee arthroscopy: Should this common knee surgery be performed less often?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Does CBD help with arthritis pain?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

What’s it like to be a healthcare worker in a pandemic?

Exercise & Fitness

Lifestyle changes are important even if you take medications

Men's Health

COVID-19: If you’re older and have chronic health problems, read this

Men's Health

OK, boomer: You’re not the only one who needs testing for hepatitis C