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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Turner JR, Viera AJ, Shimbo D. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in clinical practice: a review. The American Journal of Medicine. 2015 Jan;128(1):14-20. PubMed Central PMCID: 25107387. (Review)

Kiechle ES, Hnat AT, Norman KE, Viera AJ, DeWalt DA, Brice JH. Comparison of brief health literacy screens in the emergency department. Journal of health communication. 2015 Jan;20(5):539-545. PubMed PMID: 25807061.

Annaim A, Lassiter M, Viera AJ, Ferris M. Interactive media for parental education on managing children chronic condition: a systematic review of the literature. Bmc Pediatrics. 2015 Jan;15:201-null. PubMed Central PMCID: 26634913. (Review)

Viera AJ, Lin F-C, Tuttle LA, Shimbo D, Diaz KM, Olsson E, Stankevitz K, Hinderliter AL. Levels of office blood pressure and their operating characteristics for detecting masked hypertension based on ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. American journal of hypertension. 2015 Jan;28(1):42-49. PubMed PMID: 24898379.

Viera AJ, Furberg CD. Plasma renin testing to guide antihypertensive therapy. Current Hypertension Reports. 2015 Jan;17(1):506-null. PubMed Central PMCID: 25432898. (Review)

Antonelli R, Viera AJ. Potential Effect of Physical Activity Calorie Equivalent (PACE) Labeling on Adult Fast Food Ordering and Exercise. PloS one. 2015 Jan;10(7):e0134289-. PubMed PMID: 26222056.

Hutchins R, Pignone MP, Sheridan SL, Viera AJ. Quantifying the utility of taking pills for preventing adverse health outcomes: a cross-sectional survey. BMJ Open. 2015 Jan;5(5):e006505-. PubMed PMID: 25967985.

Viera AJ. Resistant hypertension: Definition, prevalence, and therapeutic approaches. In: Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapy of Cardiovascular Disease. 2015 Jan 1. p. 903-917.

Mount HR, Zakrajsek T, Huffman M, Deffenbacher B, Gallagher K, Skinker B, Rivard G, Benson S, Dancel R, Buckman F, Hayes M, Jackson J, Viera AJ. Text messaging to improve resident knowledge: a randomized controlled trial. Family medicine. 2015 Jan;47(1):37-42. PubMed PMID: 25646876.

Rao VN, Sheridan SL, Tuttle LA, Lin F-C, Shimbo D, Diaz KM, Hinderliter AL, Viera AJ. The effect of numeracy level on completeness of home blood pressure monitoring. Journal of clinical hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.). 2015 Jan;17(1):39-45. PubMed PMID: 25439279.