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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

Should you see a chiropractor for low back pain?

Men's Health

Showering daily — is it necessary?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

A poor sense of smell might matter more than you thought

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is tramadol a risky pain medication?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

FDA curbs unfounded memory supplement claims

Men's Health

Beer before wine? Wine before beer?

Men's Health

The latest deadly superbug — and why it’s not time to panic

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The trouble with new drugs

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is obesity a reason to avoid joint replacement surgery?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Why the wheelchair? Could it be gout?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

How long does a joint replacement last?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Can vaping help you quit smoking?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Sweeteners: Time to rethink your choices?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

What’s in your supplements?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

In defense of French fries

Cancer

Alternative therapies for cancer

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Does weather affect arthritis pain?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Can watching sports be bad for your health?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Surgeons are doing fewer knee surgeries

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Coffee may help your skin stay healthy

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Where people die

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is Coca-Cola really putting pot in its beverages?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Conflict of interest in medicine

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Drip bar: Should you get an IV on demand?