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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing; Editorial Advisory Board Member, 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

Posts by Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Need surgery? Should you avoid your surgeon’s birthday? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Need surgery? Should you avoid your surgeon’s birthday?

Can gout be prevented? featured image

Men's Health

Can gout be prevented?

Good news: Deaths due to HIV are way down featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Good news: Deaths due to HIV are way down

Will eating more chilis help you live longer? featured image

Heart Health

Will eating more chilis help you live longer?

Treating neuropathy: Which medication is best? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Treating neuropathy: Which medication is best?

Masks save lives: Here's what you need to know featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Masks save lives: Here's what you need to know

Migraine headaches: Could nerve stimulation help? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Migraine headaches: Could nerve stimulation help?

Does lupus or arthritis affect your prognosis if you get COVID-19? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Does lupus or arthritis affect your prognosis if you get COVID-19?

It’s still true: Not all the news about COVID-19 is bad featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

It’s still true: Not all the news about COVID-19 is bad

Stopping osteoarthritis: Could recent heart research provide a clue? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Stopping osteoarthritis: Could recent heart research provide a clue?

New guidelines for aches, pains, and strains featured image

Exercise & Fitness

New guidelines for aches, pains, and strains

Harvard Health Ad Watch: A feel-good message about a diabetes drug featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Harvard Health Ad Watch: A feel-good message about a diabetes drug

Does diet really matter when it comes to adult acne? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Does diet really matter when it comes to adult acne?

Which test is best for COVID-19? featured image

COVID-19

Which test is best for COVID-19?

Wondering about goosebumps? Of course you are featured image

Skin and Hair

Wondering about goosebumps? Of course you are

Metabolic syndrome is on the rise: What it is and why it matters featured image

Staying Healthy

Metabolic syndrome is on the rise: What it is and why it matters

Daily decisions about risk: What to do when there's no right answer featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Daily decisions about risk: What to do when there's no right answer

The plight of nursing home residents in a pandemic featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The plight of nursing home residents in a pandemic

Driving across the country in a pandemic featured image

Infectious diseases

Driving across the country in a pandemic

Bracing for contact tracing featured image

Infectious diseases

Bracing for contact tracing

When dieting doesn't work featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

When dieting doesn't work

Some healthcare can safely wait (and some can’t) featured image

Men's Health

Some healthcare can safely wait (and some can’t)

And now for some good news on health featured image

Cancer

And now for some good news on health

Harvard Health AdWatch: An arthritis ad in 4 parts featured image

Arthritis

Harvard Health AdWatch: An arthritis ad in 4 parts

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