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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Husain A, Lin F-C, Tuttle LA, Olsson E, Viera AJ. The Reproducibility of Racial Differences in Ambulatory Blood Pressure Phenotypes and Measurements. American Journal of Hypertension. 2017 Oct;30(10):961-967. PubMed Central PMCID: 28531258.

Viera AJ, Tuttle L, Olsson E, Gras-Najjar J, Gizlice Z, Hales D, Linnan L, Lin F-C, Noar SM, Ammerman A. Effects of physical activity calorie expenditure (PACE) labeling: study design and baseline sample characteristics. Bmc Public Health. 2017 Sep 12;17(1):702-null. PubMed Central PMCID: 28899366.

Jani PD, Forbes L, Choudhury A, Preisser JS, Viera AJ, Garg S. Evaluation of Diabetic Retinal Screening and Factors for Ophthalmology Referral in a Telemedicine Network. JAMA ophthalmology. 2017 Jul;135(7):706-714. PubMed PMID: 28520833.

Jani PD, Forbes L, McDaniel P, Viera A, Garg S. Geographic Information Systems Mapping of Diabetic Retinopathy in an Ocular Telemedicine Network. Jama Ophthalmology. 2017 Jul;135(7):715-721. PubMed Central PMCID: 28520876.

Viera AJ. Screening for Hypertension and Lowering Blood Pressure for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Events. The Medical Clinics of North America. 2017 Jul;101(4):701-712. PubMed Central PMCID: 28577621. (Review)

Friedman JL, Lyna P, Sendak MD, Viera AJ, Silberberg M, Pollak KI. Use of the 5 As for Teen Alcohol Use. Clinical pediatrics. 2017 May;56(5):419-426. PubMed PMID: 27330014.

Abdalla M, Caughey MC, Tanner RM, Booth JN, Diaz KM, Anstey DE, Sims M, Ravenell J, Muntner P, Viera AJ, Shimbo D. Associations of Blood Pressure Dipping Patterns With Left Ventricular Mass and Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in Blacks: The Jackson Heart Study. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2017 Apr 5;6(4). PubMed Central PMCID: 28381465.

Viera AJ. Whatever happened to the polypill?. Bmj (Clinical Research Ed.). 2017 Mar 27;356:j1474-null. PubMed Central PMCID: 28347977.

Pignone M, Viera AJ. Blood Pressure Treatment Targets in Adults Aged 60 Years or Older. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2017 Mar;166(6):445-446. PubMed Central PMCID: 28114514.

Bai X, Mangum KD, Dee RA, Stouffer GA, Lee CR, Oni-Orisan A, Patterson C, Schisler JC, Viera AJ, Taylor JM, Mack CP. Blood pressure-associated polymorphism controls ARHGAP42 expression via serum response factor DNA binding. The Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2017 Feb;127(2):670-680. PubMed Central PMCID: 28112683.