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.

Specialties
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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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Rephrase question...: What do you want to know? That's a really open-ended question. Etiology, risk factors, grading, staging, treatments, experimental protocols, prognosis... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
No : Achilles lengthening won't fix those problems. Try to avoid any more surgical intervention until it's all you have left. Exhaust physical therapy &amp... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Single med: Guaifenesin to loosen up the goop. Take as directed on OTC bottles. Pharmacist can help you track it down. Don't buy combination products - ever. Hard... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Maybe, maybe not...: If they belong to same practice, which would allow the new doc to see your records and curbside your old doc, probably...although there's an outside c... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
No way to know: You need eyes on that finger, a real exam. Is this joint inflammation, or nearby para-viral derm issue? Not a typical site for bacterial joint infecti... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Self-diagnosing?: Did he self-diagnose or did a provider give him this? After all that he has suffered through, he could be in so much pain that he may be detaching, de... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Yes and no...: Yes & no. Refer to your local/state laws. Generally, if you are taking the medication specifically as prescribed, and your healthcare provider fee... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Theoretically...: Consider ventilation-perfusion mismatches classically shown by V/Q scans. To deliver oxygen & release carbon dioxide, you need circulating capilla... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
That's a bit tricky: Your symptoms are present in many different kinds of conditions, ranging from relatively benign nutritional deficiencies to more concerning autoimmune... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Trust your body: You know your body better than anyone else. Trust the signals it is giving you. Tenesmus, whether it be rectal or vesical (urge to defecate/urinate, r... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
You're good to go.: Check out this website: http://reference.medscape.com/drug-interactionchecker It's one of my favorite tools. Based on this database, it appears that n... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
That's tricky...: Many factors at play: pt age, bleed location (subdural, subarachnoid, intracerebral) date, size, speed & GCS (Glascow Coma Sore). So individualize... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Go to doc STAT: Discuss obtaining testicular ultrasound and pelvic CT scan with contrast. My "worst case scenario" is testicular cancer. Men between ages of 17-35 are... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Feed the baby!: Newborns need milk at least every 2 hours. Don't give up on breastfeeding; colostrum can take a couple of weeks to show up. Frequent stimulation of mo... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Can't access your : file, but they may be anything. You would benefit from an in-person visit that would allow a full-body dermatologic exam, and, if indicated, a scrapin... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Yes. Take to ER now.: DXM OD can be life-threatening. Signs absolutely do include red skin, sweating, heart racing, as well as increased blood pressure, possible nausea/vom... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Yes: Many women bleed to varying degrees at some point in their pregnancies. Implantation spotting is common, and depending on the location of the placenta... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
If you are talking: your airway is protected. Hopefully you aren't a smoker - that injures the fimbria. Your bronchial tubes will take care of themselves. There are littl... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
How can we help you?: Can you rephrase your question so we understand what your needs are? Abdominal pain is hard to evaluate especially in women. Where in your belly is th... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Can you have : someone check you for lice? That would be my first concern. After that, you have to think dermatitis of some kind (Huge work up will require doctor vi... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Presuming no trauma: Don't sit on this. In most cases the cause is never figured out (called idiopathic) but the known causes are serious, ranging from nerve infection, mu... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Seek further care: The lower abdomen & pelvis together contain multiple organs. It's a rather complex part of your body. Is the pain sharp or dull, worse or better a... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Hard to know: Which side of your rib cage, left or right (ie near liver). Doubt fatty liver is cause of your pain. Sounds like issue resolved. If pain returns conta... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Nope.: The mammary glands are well supported in a fibrous matrix. He did some damage. It's fibrous connective tissue remodeling. Give it more time. If it get... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
The answer to both: questions is "just right." There are a ton of websites of variable trustworthiness that address this universal curiosity. Check them out. Hope you fin... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Yes: It is unbelievably contagious, which is why we gown up like crazy in the hospitals when we know a patient has it.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
A few possibilities: Dehydration &/or meds &/or obesity. If you haven't got one, you need a12-lead ECG to determine what is going on. There is a nerve-based pathwa... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Depends...: on underlying cause, of which there are a plethora. Don't sit on this. Get a definitive diagnosis and find out why you have it. If it is unilateral, i... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
GO TO ER NOW: I wouldn't take the time to wait for an appointment. Given the fact you are in that much pain that it hurts to blink, I'm concerned that you have incr... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Yes: Herpes is incredibly painful, even before a breakout. HPV not so much, but it looks unattractive, and more importantly, causes cervical cancer which c... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
How long? Problem w/: female abdomen is that it is anatomically relatively complicated. Pain in the lower quadrants/suprapubic area could be GU tract, GI tract or GYN, plus... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Seek further care: Sounds like it could be an inguinal hernia, but it is impossible to safely diagnose without a physical exam.
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A member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Gotta be over 16yo: Good question, but you've got to come back with someone you trust who's 17yo or older and we can all talk more. Thanks for your honesty. Take care.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Totally depends...: ...on your own immune reaction, the specific virus & whether you get a secondary bacterial infection. If it's truly a virus, expect anywhere from ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Seizure surgeries: The term "petit mal" is really not used any more. Those seizure types are called "absence" or "complex partial" seizures. The surgery to remove the se... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
May need to retreat: Scabies is unbelievably contagious and if you aren't able to fully clean the house successfully, they're just sitting in the carpet, on the couch, in ... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Not sure what your : question is. If your rash is purple/bruised-looking, and doesn't "blanch," ie turn white-ish or lose color when pressed, or if it blisters or develops... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
You'll be OK: Clarify: you had a full bladder and were superhumanly able to not pee for a day, or you just weren't making a lot of urine? For scenario #1, you empti... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
No way to know w/out: exam. Generally, hair doesn't irritate skin because it is actually a product of skin. It would be an irritant if you had ingrown hairs, and then on to... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Maybe yes, maybe no: If you are sexually active, the second period could have been an early miscarriage. If not, you may be just approaching perimenopause. The one think I... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Subspecialist needed: Intrusive sexual thoughts are common. Typically people brush them off as random fantasies & move on with their day. If thoughts are really frequen... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
You've got a couple: things going on. You're on insulin, so I'm presuming you are diabetic. DKA can cause hypovolemic hypotension. If you are on dialysis & they take a... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
No verdict yet...: Looked that one up. Acrylamide apparently is in a ton of foods, including coffee, black olives & lots of starchy foods. The WHO is collecting data... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Yes...: Welcome to womanhood! If sexually active, consider taking pregnancy test. If not, it's never too early to start breast self-exams, the same time every... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Talk to prescriber: When you get your patch, there is a very detailed set of instructions accompanying it. Read it well. Many factors at play: your underlying health, oth... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Couple possibilities: Increased intracranial pressure, either due to pseudotumor cerebri, systemic hypertension, with Valsalva exacerbations. Sounds like you may have scoto... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Problem: Here's the deal: the numbers are meaningless without positive and negative controls. Different companies use different reagents. As such, the best thi... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
You need an exam now: Likely have something wrong with your cervix. Young women like you often have a vulnerable transformation zone, aka ectropion, the fragile lining of t... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
It's your doc's call: That said, if the pills are scored, breakable, or the pills are low dose - like 5 mg, you could make the taper a little gentler. Consult with your pre... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 21 years experience
Sounds like next...: ...step may be either biopsy or further imaging like MRI/CTA. Could be something as benign as a lipoma (which are still not fun to have). Leg/knee wea... 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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