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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.

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Infectious diseases

Bracing for contact tracing

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Diet & Weight Loss

When dieting doesn’t work

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Men's Health

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

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Cancer

And now for some good news on health

Harvard Health AdWatch: An arthritis ad in 4 parts featured image

Arthritis

Harvard Health AdWatch: An arthritis ad in 4 parts

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Cancer

More sexual partners, more cancer?

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

Does CBD help with arthritis pain? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Does CBD help with arthritis pain?

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

Lifestyle changes are important even if you take medications featured image

Exercise & Fitness

Lifestyle changes are important even if you take medications

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

Men's Health

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

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

Men's Health

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

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Men's Health

Harvard Health Ad Watch: What’s being cleansed in a detox cleanse?

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Nutrition

Harvard Health Ad Watch: Are nutritional drinks actually good for you?

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Infectious diseases

Is there <i>any</i> good news about the coronavirus pandemic?

Time to redefine normal body temperature? featured image

Staying Healthy

Time to redefine normal body temperature?

Can stress really make hair (or fur?) turn gray? featured image

Men's Health

Can stress really make hair (or fur?) turn gray?

Hands or feet asleep? What to do featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Hands or feet asleep? What to do

Good for your teeth, bad for your bones? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Good for your teeth, bad for your bones?

Be careful where you get your news about coronavirus featured image

Infectious diseases

Be careful where you get your news about coronavirus

Is your cell phone dangerous to your health? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is your cell phone dangerous to your health?

Are polypills and population-based treatment the next big things? featured image

Drugs & Medications

Are polypills and population-based treatment the next big things?

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Harvard Health Ad Watch: When marketing puts your health at risk

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