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Dr. Erin Robertson

General Practice
Philadelphia, PA
19 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

429 Answers
251 Agrees
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Depends on severity: As well as comorbidities. Can be anywhere from zero to 100%, based on American Heart Association/NY Heart Association Functional capacity classificati... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Ignore: Not all brain tumors originate in the brain - they may be metastatic, from another part of the body.
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
There are others: Although research to date has shown no statistically significant direct correlation between exposure to burn pits and respiratory issues, the research... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Seek further care: Sounds like it could be an inguinal hernia, but it is impossible to safely diagnose without a physical exam.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Possible MOS reclass: Are you asking about a waiver to get in, or to stay in? Regs to get in are of course more stringent than regs to stay in. After you've gone through Ba... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
No, but...: why would that be an issue? If you are taking Flexeril, (cyclobenzaprine hcl) it should be listed on your profile. If you are not honest in reporting ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
No. You have to : remember that the regs are in place to ensure not only your safety but the safety of your unit. If one of you becomes ill, it affects everybody. You a... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Data as useful as a: crystal ball or fortune cookie. Take with a grain of salt. Prognosis is ultimately specific to location/metastases (if any) & the shape and geneti... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Least amount...: ...necessary not to exceed 3000mg in a 24-hour period of time. Don't take it all at once either, because it won't be any more effective in mega-doses.... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Ignore: Sex partners can spread viruses with no signs of disease (warts, herpes, cold sores, HIV, hepatitis).
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Depends...: Does she have other medical problems? What are her vital signs? Is she coherent or does she have an altered mental status? Does she have a living will... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
What's Hyperactivity: exactly? I don't think there is such a thing for gestating munchkins. That's a good sign! Maybe meant to be a future Olympian! Conversely, a little du... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
How can we help?: if he already has an in-person relationship w/his HT doc, get him a sick call appt today w/his HT doc because he needs a physical exam. Does he have a... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Yeppers: Total bummer trying to be a mom with 2 little ones and one on the way. When you're pregnant, your blood volume increases, so the serum to red blood ce... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Pap smear: When was your last Pap? If you are having pain with penetration followed by bleeding or spotting, get your cervix examined *immediately.* You could ha... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Depends...: If you have conceived, you shouldn't really be getting a clear watery discharge because after implantation, your cervix creates a thick sticky mucous ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Hard to know: Hmmm. Depends what the wet substance was. It's easy to infect eyes with just about anything that can call conjunctival mucosa (eye membranes) moistene... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Yes, potentially: It depends what your goals are. Are you trying to go into a military academy, SF, or obtain diving or airborne status? You need pretty much perfect vi... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Absolutely yes: There's always an outside chance they missed something but it's small. Prolonged QT would have been seen & there would have been electrical evide... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Years...a lifetime: The HSV I and HSV II bugs can lie quiescent for indeterminate periods of time without actively replicating and shedding. Additionally, a person can sh... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Yes, sort-of: Totally depends on the illness, symptoms & medication regimen.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Common occurrence: They are the most common soft tissue benign tumor. They get worse with weight gain & shrink & may resolve with weight loss. The incidence of t... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Never trust the...: ...auto read. No doc takes those seriously; we do our own reads. If I don't place the leads on myself, I am always a smidge skeptical. Kinda picky tha... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Hmmmm....: I would go with what your doc told you. That 1cm left ovarian follicle can double in size before it ejects an ovum into the fimbria. Best estimate is ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Complicated decision: That's really tough. Most kids outgrow it. You've reached adulthood, so joint modeling is complete. Most orthopedic surgeons will tell you they'd rath... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
He'll be fine.: Rule #1: never give another child a patient's medications. Rule #2: if you do, let your pediatrician know. Rule #3: don't give the lungs medicine with... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
No.: First, it's never "safe to have unprotected sex" if you have to even ask that question. Sperm last 3-5, sometimes up to 10 days, and the little speeds... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
You should be OK : As long as you don't develop a fever, abdominal, flank or back pain, you're good to go. Stay aggressively well hydrated & don't take acetaminophen... Read More
A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Indirectly, yes: Not sure why someone would abruptly hold a beta blocker. That could spike the blood pressure which you generally don't want to do with an AAA due to r... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
What are you asking?: Not sure what your question is. I can tell you that a widely shared opinion in medicine is there is a down side to diagnostic (over) testing: the "inc... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
No way to know: If concerned go to doc and provide stool sample to look for worms/eggs.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
If you are having a: hard time holding your head up, you need to be examined immediately. Is this because of severe pain or weakness? I don't like the sound of that since ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
No way to know w/out: imaging your ovaries, which I would request from your treating physician. If you're getting cramps mid-cycle, welcome to the world of ovulatory Mittel... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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
A member asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 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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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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