Anthony Joseph Viera

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 at 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 at Chapel Hill, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholarship Program, Global Public Health


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Yano Y, Reis JP, Colangelo LA, Shimbo D, Viera AJ, Allen NB, Gidding SS, Bress AP, Greenland P, Muntner P, Lloyd-Jones DM. Association of Blood Pressure Classification in Young Adults Using the 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Blood Pressure Guideline With Cardiovascular Events Later in Life. Jama. 2018 Nov;320(17):1774-1782. PubMed Central PMCID: 30398601.

Martin KR, Mansouri K, Weinreb RN, Wasilewicz R, Gisler C, Hennebert J, Genoud D, Shaarawy T, Erb C, Pfeiffer N, Trope GE, Medeiros FA, Barkana Y, Liu JHK, Ritch R, Mermoud A, Jinapriya D, Birt C, Ahmed II, Kranemann C, Höh P, Lachenmayr B, Astakhov Y, Chen E, Duch S, Marchini G, Gandolfi S, Rekas M, Kuroyedov A, Cernak A, Polo V, Belda J, Grisanti S, Baudouin C, Nordmann J-P, De Moraes CG, Segal Z, Lusky M, Morori-Katz H, Geffen N, Kurtz S, Liu J, Budenz DL, Knight OJ, Mwanza JC, Viera A, Castanera F, Che-Hamzah J. Use of Machine Learning on Contact Lens Sensor–Derived Parameters for the Diagnosis of Primary Open-angle Glaucoma. American Journal of Ophthalmology. 2018 Oct;194:46-53.

Seyedhamzeh S, Bagheri M, Keshtkar AA, Qorbani M, Viera AJ. Physical activity equivalent labeling vs. calorie labeling: A systematic review and meta-analysis 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1117 Public Health and Health Services. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2018 Sep 14;15(1). (Review)

Tedla YG, Yano Y, Thyagarajan B, Kalhan R, Viera AJ, Rosenberg S, Greenland P, Carnethon MR. Peak lung function during young adulthood and future long-term blood pressure variability: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study. Atherosclerosis. 2018 Aug;275:225-231.

Thai ST, Rosamond WD, Viera AJ, Chang PP, Virani SS, Brookhart MA, Bush M, Loehr LR, Stevens J, Kucharska-Newton A. Predictors of outpatient cardiac rehabilitation referral among hospitalized heart failure patients: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study.: WILEY; 2018 Aug 1:82-82.

Viera AJ. Hypertension Update: Current Guidelines. Fp Essentials. 2018 Jun;469:11-15. PubMed Central PMCID: 29863317.

Viera AJ. Hypertension Update: Hypertensive Emergency and Asymptomatic Severe Hypertension. Fp Essentials. 2018 Jun;469:16-19. PubMed Central PMCID: 29863318.

Viera AJ. Hypertension Update: Older Adults. Fp Essentials. 2018 Jun;469:26-29. PubMed Central PMCID: 29863320.

Viera AJ. Hypertension Update: Resistant Hypertension. Fp Essentials. 2018 Jun;469:20-25. PubMed Central PMCID: 29863319.

Hardy ST, Zeng D, Kshirsagar AV, Viera AJ, Avery CL, Heiss G. Primary prevention of chronic kidney disease through population-based strategies for blood pressure control: The ARIC study. Journal of Clinical Hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.). 2018 Jun;20(6):1018-1026. PubMed Central PMCID: 29797488.