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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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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

What’s in your supplements?

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

In defense of French fries

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Cancer

Alternative therapies for cancer

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Does weather affect arthritis pain?

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Can watching sports be bad for your health?

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Surgeons are doing fewer knee surgeries

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Coffee may help your skin stay healthy

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Where people die

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is Coca-Cola really putting pot in its beverages?

Conflict of interest in medicine featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Conflict of interest in medicine

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Drip bar: Should you get an IV on demand?

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

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Heart Health

Health benefits of walnuts

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Sorting out the health effects of alcohol

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

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

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Health benefits of coffee and a proposed warning label

How long will my hip or knee replacement last? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

How long will my hip or knee replacement last?

Autoimmune disease and stress: Is there a link? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Autoimmune disease and stress: Is there a link?

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

Heart Health

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

Fertility and diet: Is there a connection? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Fertility and diet: Is there a connection?

Could medications contribute to dementia? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Could medications contribute to dementia?

Knuckle cracking: Annoying and harmful, or just annoying? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Knuckle cracking: Annoying and harmful, or just annoying?

Chondroitin and melanoma: How worried should you be? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Chondroitin and melanoma: How worried should you be?

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Exercise & Fitness

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

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