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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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Posts by Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Why medical research keeps changing its mind featured image

Medical Research

Why medical research keeps changing its mind

A new look at steroid injections for knee and hip osteoarthritis featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

A new look at steroid injections for knee and hip osteoarthritis

Curcumin for arthritis: Does it really work? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Curcumin for arthritis: Does it really work?

What is palliative care, and who can benefit from it? featured image

Healthcare

What is palliative care, and who can benefit from it?

HPV and cancer: The underappreciated connection featured image

Infectious diseases

HPV and cancer: The underappreciated connection

Plant-based diets are best… or are they? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Plant-based diets are best… or are they?

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

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

Drugs & Medications

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

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

Lung Health

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

Do employee wellness programs actually work? featured image

Staying Healthy

Do employee wellness programs actually work?

Are antibacterial products with triclosan fueling bacterial resistance? featured image

Staying Healthy

Are antibacterial products with triclosan fueling bacterial resistance?

Should you see a chiropractor for low back pain? featured image

Back Pain

Should you see a chiropractor for low back pain?

Showering daily -- is it necessary? featured image

Men's Health

Showering daily -- is it necessary?

A poor sense of smell might matter more than you thought featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

A poor sense of smell might matter more than you thought

Is tramadol a risky pain medication? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is tramadol a risky pain medication?

FDA curbs unfounded memory supplement claims featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

FDA curbs unfounded memory supplement claims

Beer before wine? Wine before beer? featured image

Men's Health

Beer before wine? Wine before beer?

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

Men's Health

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

The trouble with new drugs featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The trouble with new drugs

Is obesity a reason to avoid joint replacement surgery? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is obesity a reason to avoid joint replacement surgery?

Why the wheelchair? Could it be gout? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Why the wheelchair? Could it be gout?

How long does a joint replacement last? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

How long does a joint replacement last?

Can vaping help you quit smoking? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Can vaping help you quit smoking?

Sweeteners: Time to rethink your choices? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Sweeteners: Time to rethink your choices?

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