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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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Knee replacement: Life changing or a disappointment?

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Tossing flossing?

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“Double dipping” your chip: Dangerous or just…icky?

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The U.S. longevity gap

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What Michelangelo’s hands (can and can’t) tell us about arthritis

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The times, they are a-changin’ (and bringing new syndromes)

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Taking advantage of incidental findings

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Tai chi may be as good as physical therapy for arthritis-related knee pain

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Here’s something unexpected: Sunbathers live longer

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The truth about tequila and your bones

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Physical therapy after hip replacement: Can rehab happen at home?

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Taking your medications as prescribed: Smartphones can help

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Medical news: A case for skepticism

Exercise & Fitness

Running injury? Maybe you’re doing it all wrong

Heart Health

How useful is the body mass index (BMI)?

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My fall last fall: Reaction time and getting older

Exercise & Fitness

Vitamin D and physical function: Is more better?

Men's Health

Why men often die earlier than women

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Kidney stones are on the rise

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Don’t judge your mucus by its color

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What happens when you faint?

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Are protein bars really just candy bars in disguise?

Exercise & Fitness

The gender gap in sports injuries

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The myth of the Hippocratic Oath