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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

For people with MS, can exercise change the brain? featured image

Exercise & Fitness

For people with MS, can exercise change the brain?

Fish consumption and rheumatoid arthritis: Natural remedy or just another fish tale? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Fish consumption and rheumatoid arthritis: Natural remedy or just another fish tale?

Right brain/left brain, right? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Right brain/left brain, right?

Your brain on chocolate featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Your brain on chocolate

Is it safe to take ibuprofen for the aches and pains of exercise? featured image

Exercise & Fitness

Is it safe to take ibuprofen for the aches and pains of exercise?

Keeping your smartphone nearby may not be so smart featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Keeping your smartphone nearby may not be so smart

Type 2 diabetes: Value of home blood sugar monitoring unclear featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Type 2 diabetes: Value of home blood sugar monitoring unclear

This just in: Exercise is good for you featured image

Cancer

This just in: Exercise is good for you

How to get people to eat more vegetables: Change how you describe them featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

How to get people to eat more vegetables: Change how you describe them

Here’s something completely different for low back pain featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Here’s something completely different for low back pain

Here's something completely different for low back pain featured image

Pain

Here's something completely different for low back pain

Why coffee might ease your pain (especially if you’re a sleepy mouse) featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Why coffee might ease your pain (especially if you’re a sleepy mouse)

Could artificial sweeteners be bad for your brain? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Could artificial sweeteners be bad for your brain?

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Safe summer grilling tips

3 reasons to leave earwax alone featured image

Staying Healthy

3 reasons to leave earwax alone

Diet not working? Maybe its not your type featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Diet not working? Maybe its not your type

Have kids, live longer? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Have kids, live longer?

The problem with tanning (and the myth of the base tan) featured image

Cancer

The problem with tanning (and the myth of the base tan)

Eat better, live longer featured image

Heart Health

Eat better, live longer

Can you virtually improve your knee pain? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Can you virtually improve your knee pain?

Some medications don’t help back pain as much as we thought featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Some medications don’t help back pain as much as we thought

The underappreciated health benefits of being a weekend warrior featured image

Exercise & Fitness

The underappreciated health benefits of being a weekend warrior

Confessions of a breakfast skipper featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Confessions of a breakfast skipper

Does your doctor’s gender matter? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Does your doctor’s gender matter?

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