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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

Men's Health

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

Nutrition

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is there any good news about the coronavirus pandemic?

Children's Health

Time to redefine normal body temperature?

Men's Health

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Hands or feet asleep? What to do

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Good for your teeth, bad for your bones?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Be careful where you get your news about coronavirus

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Are you getting enough sleep… or too much? Sleep and stroke risk

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is your cell phone dangerous to your health?

Heart Health

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Why medical research keeps changing its mind

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

A new look at steroid injections for knee and hip osteoarthritis

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Harvard Health Ad Watch: A fibromyalgia treatment (“But you look so good!”)

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Curcumin for arthritis: Does it really work?

Cancer

HPV and cancer: The underappreciated connection

Heart Health

Plant-based diets are best… or are they?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Harvard Health Ad Watch: A new treatment for knee arthritis

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

If you have migraines, put down your coffee and read this

Children's Health

Harvard Health Ad Watch: What you should know about direct-to-consumer ads

Men's Health

Can vaping damage your lungs? What we do (and don’t) know

Exercise & Fitness

Do employee wellness programs actually work?

Children's Health

Are antibacterial products with triclosan fueling bacterial resistance?