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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.

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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

Bracing for contact tracing featured image

Infectious diseases

Bracing for contact tracing

When dieting doesn’t work featured image

Diet & Weight Loss

When dieting doesn’t work

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

Men's Health

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

And now for some good news on health featured image

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

More sexual partners, more cancer? featured image

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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