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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Rao VN, Ulrich JN, Viera AJ, Parlin A, Fekrat S, Chavala SH. AMBULATORY BLOOD PRESSURE PATTERNS IN PATIENTS WITH RETINAL VEIN OCCLUSION. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.). 2016 Dec;36(12):2304-2310. PubMed PMID: 27205892.

Viera AJ, Hawes EM. Management of mild hypertension in adults. Bmj (Clinical Research Ed.). 2016 Nov 21;355:i5719-null. PubMed Central PMCID: 27872051. (Review)

Kaysin A, Viera AJ. Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Adults: Diagnosis and Management. American Family Physician. 2016 Nov;94(9):698-706. PubMed Central PMCID: 27929242.

Booth JN, Muntner P, Diaz KM, Viera AJ, Bello NA, Schwartz JE, Shimbo D. Evaluation of Criteria to Detect Masked Hypertension. Journal of Clinical Hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.). 2016 Nov;18(11):1086-1094. PubMed Central PMCID: 27126770.

Viera AJ, Lin F-C, Tuttle LA, Olsson E, Girdler SS, Hinderliter AL. Examination of Several Physiological and Psychosocial Factors Potentially Associated With Masked Hypertension Among Low-Risk Adults. Journal of Clinical Hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.). 2016 Aug;18(8):784-789. PubMed Central PMCID: 26709088.

Abdalla M, Booth JN, Seals SR, Spruill TM, Viera AJ, Diaz KM, Sims M, Muntner P, Shimbo D. Masked Hypertension and Incident Clinic Hypertension Among Blacks in the Jackson Heart Study. Hypertension (Dallas, Tex. : 1979). 2016 Jul;68(1):220-226. PubMed Central PMCID: 27185746.

Qin B, Viera AJ, Muntner P, Plassman BL, Edwards LJ, Adair LS, Popkin BM, Mendez MA. Visit-to-Visit Variability in Blood Pressure Is Related to Late-Life Cognitive Decline. Hypertension (Dallas, Tex. : 1979). 2016 Jul;68(1):106-113. PubMed Central PMCID: 27217401.

Petruski-Ivleva N, Viera AJ, Shimbo D, Muntner P, Avery CL, Schneider ALC, Couper D, Kucharska-Newton A. Longitudinal Patterns of Change in Systolic Blood Pressure and Incidence of Cardiovascular Disease: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. Hypertension (Dallas, Tex. : 1979). 2016 Jun;67(6):1150-1156. PubMed Central PMCID: 27045024.

Stein J, Ossman P, Viera A, Moore C, Brubaker BA, French J, Liles EA. Was This Readmission Preventable? Qualitative Study of Patient and Provider Perceptions of Readmissions. Southern Medical Journal. 2016 Jun;109(6):383-389. PubMed Central PMCID: 27255098.