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Dr. Erin Robertson

General Practice
Philadelphia, PA
21 years experience female

About

Bio

BA, Wellesley College. MD, UMich Med School. PG Residency, HUP Family. PG Residency, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Emergency Medicine. Chief Medical Officer, ES, MEPCOM, Portland, Maine MEPS. Asst Regional Flight Surgeon, NE FAA Admin. MED Eval Board member, Fort Stewart/HAAF, GA. Independent consultant for pilots, ATCs, US military applicants, service members & veterans.

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General Practice

Aerospace Medicine

Family Medicine

Occupational Medicine

Urgent Care

Licenses

United States: Pennsylvania

Doctor Q&A

330 Answers
192 Agrees
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Yes, but you're >40y: So that's going to be tricky. As long as you can get a documented persuasive evidence-based medical opinion that rebuts the misdiagnosis, the MEPS CMO... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Testing: Blood & stool tests - cultures, ova, parasites & toxins. May need colonoscopy if nothing else gives you the answers. Blood tests are useful to... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Now...: ...But you will have to take it again later, and I would follow-up with ELISA testing as well in a few months. Preferably after a period of abstinence... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Depends: When do you go to bed? 8:30pm or 1am? Are you diabetic? Have you had an upset stomach after eating then lying down? Are you eating pizza, chili pepper... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Yes, and no...: That's unacceptable. The last thing that should touch your alcohol-swabbed skin is a fresh glove. Yes, that bare finger had microbes on it that were i... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Left upper quadrant: That area houses spleen, stomach, pancreas, small intestine, end of transverse colon & beginning of descending colon. Pain could be "referred"/unr... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Nope, but you can : try again. It takes practice to get it just right. 1st, shake the inhaler well. Know it's easier to give yourself the med if you are standing up. 2nd,... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Excellent question: To identify partial seizures, whether simple or complex, we need to catch them on an EEG, an electroencephalograph - video 72 hr telemetry. 1-hr EEGs ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Yes & no: Yes if: it's just your period. Women's bodies are allowed to tweak themselves once in a while. No if: was right after sex, or came from your urethral ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Won't matter: Don't reschedule! It will set you back days to weeks! The thingamajig - aka vaginal probe - is covered in sterile plastic. Plus, if you are actively b... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
What are you asking?: To put it bluntly, there are 3 kinds of surgeons: the procedure-happy, those that aren't & vast majority that fall somewhere in between. Figure ou... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
How old are you?: Low risk. Advil, (ibuprofen) like other NSAIDS, reversibly binds to platelets, unlike their predecessor aspirin which irreversibly binds for the lifes... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Call in sick & sleep: If you don't have an NSAID/aspirin allergy, you can alternate Tylenol (acetaminophen) with Ibuprofen or naproxen. Go with bottle dosing unless you can... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Good job quitting!: Sounds like you have a boil or subcutaneous abscess developing. You need to go to ER so they can examine & possibly drain & culture it. You ab... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Yikes!: I tend to think worst case scenario - better to be wrong than miss something. For an otherwise healthy teenage boy to develop limb weakness, falling,... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Just theory; see MD: Are you a frequent drinker? Heavy drinker? Binge drink? Eat poorly? Were you immobile for a long time? Pain under the rib cage makes me think either a... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Pros outweigh cons: Singulair, aka montelukast, isn't a steroid, but a leukotriene inhibitor. It's anti-inflammatory like a steroid, but targets a much more spe... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Melanoma, BCC or SCC: Basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma, or a metastatic tumor of other origins? It might be something benign like an ingrown hair within a ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Primary vs secondary: Possible reasons endless & range from easily fixable to requiring specialty care. Taking lots of meds? Dementia in the family? You may need full w... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
How can we help you?: We will be happy to answer any questions you may have as best we can. There are lots of different kinds of doctors here that specialize in different p... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
There is a second : question you may be asking: what can you yourself do to stop your girlfriend from cutting? As a source of support, are you able to persuade her that t... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Ignore: Just when you think you know each other, there are things you are still learning about each other.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Please rephrase : your question. Are you looking for a possible diagnosis or a medication? Sounds like you may have a low-grade viral infection. If you don't have an NS... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Be: Be blunt. If you want removal, just ask. In sterile field, snip or tie off with suture, cauterize.
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Respectfully,: you're asking the wrong question. If you have an abscess, it requires surgical drainage. Generally, antibiotics are unsuccessful simply because they c... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Totally variable: Completely depends on which chemotherapy agents are being used (ex bleomycin vs. vincristine) Talk to your oncologist, and be selective when getting i... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Totally depends on : type: septic, hemorrhagic/hypovolemic, cardiogenic, anaphylactic, neurogenic, metabolic, pulmonic. The end commonality in all is that you get vascular... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Regular life: "Adjustment Disorder" is Medicalese (with a matching ICD-9/10 code) for "stressed out." Most of the world population suffers from adjustment disorder... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Do you have symptoms: The thought of asbestos exposure is always scary, now that we know more about it than we did back then. If you have no respiratory issues, you are pro... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Not too big...: The normal size for a dominant ovarian follicle ranges from 18-36mm. The average size of the dominant follicle is 12-24mm. You're doing ok. No worries... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Totally depends: There are many factors at play - timing, dosing, age, underlying illness, baseline health of your liver, other medications/drugs, the population ratio... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Skin darkening...: In and of itself is not "damage" per se. It's an appropriate life-saving protective reaction. Thank goodness you can make pigmentation! For further me... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Unclear: Start with the first day of the prior period - not the most recent early one. If it's about 5 weeks from that date & your home test is negative, y... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Bummer! : When you say "colon" are you referring to the anal sphincter area or the abdomen, because those are different issues. If you were (or are chronically)... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Absolutely, sort-of: It is theorized, depending on your sources, that up to 50% of fertilized eggs may get "miscarried" ie they either fail to implant, or if they implant,... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Be careful & wary: Check this out: http://m.medlineplus.gov/druginfo/natural/700.html seems like you're Ok if you take it in small amounts. It works as an anti-inflammat... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Secondary infection?: You may have developed "cellulitis," a secondary bacterial skin infection due to introducing germs to the site from the bite itself, or from scratchin... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Not statistically...: significant. That said, if you start bruising easily, your gums start bleeding, you start to feel weak, dizzy or lightheaded, start coughing up sputum... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Tell your prescriber: Did you stop the Effexor (venlafaxine) suddenly or taper gradually? I never like to make sudden biochemical changes to the brain. The mood-stabilizing... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Ooh I know! (Raising: hand)... Couple different ways to classify them: fibrous, cartilaginous & synovial OR ball-&-socket, hinge, pivot, ellipsoidial & saddle t... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
No, but sedating: Tons of meds cause false-positive results in drug tests. It depends on the actual testing reagents. Here's just one ex: http://www.pharmacologyweekly.... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Borderline: It means you need to recheck your blood pressure a couple more times. Are you pregnant, because then we're playing a whole different ball game. If no... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Very individualized: Hopefully, they regain full function w/ interdisciplinary care. Was it ischemic (lack of oxygen like heart attack) or hemmorhagic? What part of the br... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Hmmm...biopsy: Implanon = etonogestrel, is good for 3 years. It's well-known to cause DUB, "dysfunctional" uterine bleeding. Ponstan = mefenamic acid = NSAID, a dru... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Something more...: elegant: leukotriene inhibition. I'm not a big fan of spraying things up people's noses, especially steroids that - besides being anti-inflammatory - ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Possibly...: How loose are the stools & how much coffee are you drinking? Caffeine is a very weak diuretic, but a useful "cathartic," ie, intestinal muscle sti... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Get examined, tested: What kind of birth control? If you are on a progesterone-only based treatment, spotting is not unheard of. Did you use a barrier (condom) or were you ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Indirectly yes & no: It is well-established that if you have active herpes lesions, or herpetic cervicitis (inflammation of cervix) those are invitations/open doors for se... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Don't know that case: But here is a good website of which to be aware: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Fisher-Price-Recalls-to-Inspect-Rock-N-Play-Infant-Sleepers-Due-t... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Yes, and no: Yes, absolutely don't consume alcohol (like a shot of vodka, glass of wine, can of beer) with gabapentin. Together they synergistically cause CNS depr... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dr. Robertson has a gift for making the most difficult information clearly understandable. I learn a lot from reading her posts and her concern for patients is obvious. Add to that a top notch intel...Read More
Nov 2, 2014
Dr Erin Robertson is an excellent physician very knowledgeable,passionate and on the top of her field she is a great value to the peolpe of PA and to the family of health tap
Nov 3, 2014
I recommend Dr. Robertson. She has a vast knowledge of medicine and is providing an invaluable service to the public via her work on Healthtap.
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I have this hypochondria.In today's NJ transit train my seat lining had a dropping like pellet and I panicked.Would seeing a therapist affect my career as I am new to t...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Not a smoker. Drinking too fast. Nurse friend listened - slightly wheezy left caudal upper field, but breathing/talking ok. Worried about dry drowning
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. Just nervous about switching Doctors, I didn't want to be on narcotic pain meds so I asked for Tramadol . It works and hopes it continues,

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan Medical School MI
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

ALBERT EINSTEIN MEDICAL CENTER

Residency

PENNSYLVANIA HOSP OF THE UNIV OF PA HEALTH SYS

Awards

Top Occupational Medicine Specialist, First Place, National - Fall
2014
Top Doctor, Second Place, Pennsylvania - Fall
2014
Most Influential Doctor, Second Place, Pennsylvania - Fall
2014

Affiliations

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
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