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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. As a practicing rheumatologist for over 30 years, Dr. Shmerling engaged in a mix of patient care, teaching, and research. His research interests center on diagnostic studies in patients with musculoskeletal symptoms, and rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. He has published research regarding infectious arthritis, medical ethics, and diagnostic test performance in rheumatic disease. Having retired from patient care in 2019, Dr. Shmerling now works as a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing.

Twitter: @RobShmerling

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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 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?

Sweeteners: Time to rethink your choices? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Sweeteners: Time to rethink your choices?

What’s in your supplements? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

What’s in your supplements?

In defense of French fries featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

In defense of French fries

Alternative therapies for cancer featured image

Cancer

Alternative therapies for cancer

Does weather affect arthritis pain? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Does weather affect arthritis pain?

Can watching sports be bad for your health? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Can watching sports be bad for your health?

Surgeons are doing fewer knee surgeries featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Surgeons are doing fewer knee surgeries

Coffee may help your skin stay healthy featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Coffee may help your skin stay healthy

Where people die featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Where people die

Is Coca-Cola really putting pot in its beverages? featured image

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

Drip bar: Should you get an IV on demand? featured image

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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