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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Kiechle ES, Bailey SC, Hedlund LA, Viera AJ, Sheridan SL. Different Measures, Different Outcomes? A Systematic Review of Performance-Based versus Self-Reported Measures of Health Literacy and Numeracy. Journal of general internal medicine. 2015 Oct;30(10):1538-1546. PubMed PMID: 25917656. (Review)

Yano Y, Ning H, Muntner P, Reis JP, Calhoun DA, Viera AJ, Levine DA, Jacobs DR, Shimbo D, Liu K, Greenland P, Lloyd-Jones D. Nocturnal Blood Pressure in Young Adults and Cognitive Function in Midlife: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study. American journal of hypertension. 2015 Oct;28(10):1240-1247. PubMed PMID: 25783740.

Viera AJ, Wouk N. Potassium Disorders: Hypokalemia and Hyperkalemia. American family physician. 2015 Sep;92(6):487-495. PubMed PMID: 26371733.

Kaysin A, Viera AJ. A case of atypical Bartonella henselae infection in a patient with methimazole-induced agranulocytosis. BMJ case reports. 2015 Aug 27;2015. PubMed PMID: 26315358.

Goldstein AO, Viera AJ, Pierson J, Barnhouse KK, Tulsky JA, Richman BD. Physician Beliefs about Physical and Mental Competency of Patients Applying for Concealed Weapon Permits. Behavioral sciences & the law. 2015 Jun;33(2-3):238-245. PubMed PMID: 25708569.

McMillan DT, Viera AJ, Matthews J, Raynor MC, Woods ME, Pruthi RS, Wallen EM, Nielsen ME, Smith AB. Resident involvement and experience do not affect perioperative complications following robotic prostatectomy. World journal of urology. 2015 Jun;33(6):793-799. PubMed PMID: 24985554.

Muntner P, Lewis CE, Diaz KM, Carson AP, Kim Y, Calhoun D, Yano Y, Viera AJ, Shimbo D. Racial differences in abnormal ambulatory blood pressure monitoring measures: Results from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study. American Journal of Hypertension. 2015 May;28(5):640-648. PubMed Central PMCID: 25376639.

Smith JN, Negrelli JM, Manek MB, Hawes EM, Viera AJ. Diagnosis and management of acute coronary syndrome: an evidence-based update. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM. 2015 Mar;28(2):283-293. PubMed PMID: 25748771. (Review)

Hutchins R, Viera AJ, Sheridan SL, Pignone MP. Quantifying the utility of taking pills for cardiovascular prevention. Circulation. Cardiovascular quality and outcomes. 2015 Mar;8(2):155-163. PubMed PMID: 25648463.

Viera AJ, Antonelli R. Potential effect of physical activity calorie equivalent labeling on parent fast food decisions. Pediatrics. 2015 Feb;135(2):e376-e382. PubMed PMID: 25624379.