Anthony Joseph Viera, MD, MPH

Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
2200 West Main Street, Erwin Square, 4th Floor, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 681-3178

My major area of research is cardiovascular disease prevention. I am particularly interested in improving detection and control of hypertension. Since assessment of blood pressure begins with measurement, my studies often include out-of-office BP measurement techniques including 24-hour ambulatory BP monitoring and home BP monitoring.

I am also interested in obesity prevention, and in another line of research am examining the effectiveness of food labeling policies (such as calorie-labeling) on people's food and physical activity decisions.

As a family physician, I enjoy providing full-scope primary care (acute care, chronic illness care, preventive services) to patients of all ages and from all walks of life.

Education and Training

  • Medical University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, M.D. 1996
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, M.P.H. 2006
  • Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Family Medicine Internship and Residency, Family Medicine
  • Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Chief Resident, Family Medicine
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholarship Program, Global Public Health


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Lazar RM, Howard VJ, Kernan WN, Aparicio HJ, Levine DA, Viera AJ, et al. A Primary Care Agenda for Brain Health: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Stroke. 2021 Jun;52(6):e295–308.
Blewer AL, Starks MA, Malta Hansen C, Ong ME, Viera AJ, Al-Araji R, et al. Abstract 236: Gender Disparities in Bystander CPR and Defibrillation Persist in Black and Hispanic Neighborhoods in the US. In: Circulation. Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health); 2020.
Nwabuo CC, Yano Y, Moreira HT, Appiah D, Vasconcellos HD, Aghaji QN, et al. Long-Term Blood Pressure Variability in Young Adulthood and Coronary Artery Calcium and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Midlife: The CARDIA Study. Hypertension. 2020 Aug;76(2):404–9.
Everett C, Price A, Butterfield R, Morgan P, Smith V, Docherty S, et al. Provider Interdependence, Patient Complexity, and Continuity of Care. In: Health Services Research. 2020. p. 72–3.
Kronish IM, Hughes C, Quispe K, Viera AJ. Implementing Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Primary Care Practice. Family Practice Management. 2020 May;27(3):19–25.
Nwabuo CC, Yano Y, Moreira HT, Appiah D, Vasconcellos HD, Aghaji QN, et al. Association Between Visit-to-Visit Blood Pressure Variability in Early Adulthood and Myocardial Structure and Function in Later Life. Jama Cardiology. 2020 Apr 15;
Seyedhamzeh S, Nedjat S, Hosseini H, Shakibazedeh E, Viera AJ, Dorosty Motlagh A. Potential effect of different nutritional labels on food choices among mothers: a study protocol. Bmc Public Health. 2020 Mar 6;20(1):294.
Yano Y, Viera AJ, Hinderliter AL, Watkins LL, Blumenthal JA, Johnson KS, et al. Vascular α1-adrenergic receptor responsiveness in masked hypertension. American Journal of Hypertension. 2020 Mar 4;
Yano Y, Poudel B, Chen L, Sakhuja S, Jaeger B, Viera A, et al. Abstract P173: The Impact of Asleep Blood Pressure on the Prevalence of Masked Hypertension by Race/ethnicity: Analysis of Pooled Population- and Community-based Studies. In: Circulation. Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health); 2020.