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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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Alcohol and your health: Is none better than a little?

Heart Health

Health benefits of walnuts

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Sorting out the health effects of alcohol

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Top searches on health topics? It may depend on where you live

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Health benefits of coffee and a proposed warning label

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

How long will my hip or knee replacement last?

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Autoimmune disease and stress: Is there a link?

Heart Health

Dogs and health: A lower risk for heart disease-related death?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Fertility and diet: Is there a connection?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Could medications contribute to dementia?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Knuckle cracking: Annoying and harmful, or just annoying?

Cancer

Chondroitin and melanoma: How worried should you be?

Exercise & Fitness

Aerobic exercise or tai chi for fibromyalgia — which is better?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Apple cider vinegar diet: Does it really work?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Cryotherapy: Can it stop your pain cold?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Celebrities get shingles, too

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Are you taking too much anti-inflammatory medication?

Heart Health

Where do you stand on bystander CPR?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Why it’s so hard to lose excess weight and keep it off: The Biggest Losers’ experience

Cancer

Knowing when to screen… and when to quit

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Dr. Google: The top 10 health searches in 2017

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Stem-cell transplant: A possible high-risk/high-reward treatment for scleroderma

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Vaccinations: More than just kid stuff

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

10 things you can do for your pet when it’s cold outside