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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Ward DS, Vaughn AE, Hales D, Viera AJ, Gizlice Z, Bateman LA, Grummon AH, Arandia G, Linnan LA. Workplace health and safety intervention for child care staff: Rationale, design, and baseline results from the CARE cluster randomized control trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2018 May;68:116-126.

Close MA, Lytle LA, Chen D-G, Viera AJ. Using the theory of planned behavior to explain intention to eat a healthful diet among Southeastern United States office workers. Nutrition & Food Science. 2018 Mar 12;48(2):365-374.

Close MA, Lytle LA, Viera AJ, Chen D-G, Linnan LA, Valle CG. Identifying and describing segments of office workers by activity patterns. International Journal of Workplace Health Management. 2018 Feb 5;11(1):16-30.

DeBarmore B, Lin F-C, Tuttle LA, Olsson E, Hinderliter A, Klein JL, Viera AJ. Association of ambulatory blood pressure variability with coronary artery calcium. Journal of clinical hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.). 2018 Feb;20(2):289-296. PubMed PMID: 29370468.

Raleigh MF, Wilson GA, Moss DA, Reineke-Piper KA, Walden J, Fisher DJ, Williams T, Alexander C, Niceler B, Viera AJ, Zakrajsek T. Same Content, Different Methods: Comparing Lecture, Engaged Classroom, and Simulation. Family Medicine. 2018 Feb;50(2):100-105. PubMed Central PMCID: 29432624.

Damari ND, Ahluwalia KS, Viera AJ, Goldstein AO. Continuing medical education and firearm violence counseling. Ama Journal of Ethics. 2018 Jan 1;20(1):56-68.

Hinderliter AL, Voora RA, Viera AJ. Implementing ABPM into Clinical Practice. Current Hypertension Reports. 2018 Jan;20(1).

Yano Y, Reis JP, Levine DA, Bryan RN, Viera AJ, Shimbo D, Tedla YG, Allen NB, Schreiner PJ, Bancks MP, Sidney S, Pletcher MJ, Liu K, Greenland P, Lloyd-Jones DM, Launer LJ. Visit-to-Visit Blood Pressure Variability in Young Adulthood and Hippocampal Volume and Integrity at Middle Age: The CARDIA Study (Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults). Hypertension (Dallas, Tex. : 1979). 2017 Dec;70(6):1091-1098. PubMed PMID: 28993449.

Durham TA, Hassmiller Lich K, Viera AJ, Fine JP, Mukherjee J, Weinberger M, Dusetzina SB. Utilization of Standard and Target-Specific Oral Anticoagulants Among Adults in the United Kingdom With Incident Atrial Fibrillation. The American Journal of Cardiology. 2017 Nov;120(10):1820-1829. PubMed Central PMCID: 28867127.

Alvarez P, Zeng J, Tuttle L, Viera AJ. Patients' confidence in methods of blood pressure assessment and their reported adherence to antihypertensive medications. Blood Pressure Monitoring. 2017 Oct;22(5):259-264. PubMed Central PMCID: 28542089.