Anthony J. Viera, MD, MPH

Adjunct Professor
Public Health Leadership Program
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Adjunct Professor
Department of Epidemiology
590 Manning Drive
CB #7595
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Viera holds appointments as adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology and adjunct professor in PHLP at UNC. He currently serves as chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Viera has a special interest in cardiovascular disease prevention, and to that end is leading research in controlling blood pressure and combating obesity. He has published over 200 articles, book chapters, monographs and books, and has been the recipient of a number of research and teaching awards.

Teaching Interests

PUBH 749 - MPH Year & Career

PUBH 750 - Strategies of Prevention for Clinicians

EPID 889 - Topics in Epidemiology Seminar

Research Activities

Dr. Viera's current areas of interest include examining new food labeling schemes and their effects on calories purchased and physical activity. In the Hypertension Research Program, he is examining strategies for incorporating ambulatory BP monitoring and home BP monitoring into clinical care (both for diagnosis and monitoring) to improve accurate diagnosis of hypertension and attain better control of BP.

Service Activities

Education of students, residents, and fellows

Practice Activities

Family medicine
Cardiovascular disease prevention
Men's health
Procedures including ambulatory BP monitoring, exercise treadmill testing, vasectomy

Key Publications

Partnerships to Care for Our Patients and Communities During COVID-19. Viera AJ, Barnett J, Case M, Epling C, Halstater B, Lyn M, Martinez-Bianchi V, Ragsdale J, Railey K, Said K, Sawin G, Spotts H, Vaughn J, Weigle N, Michener JL (1970). J Am Board Fam Med, 34(5), 1003-1009.

Promoting Exercise and Healthy Diet Among Primary Care Patients: Feasibility, Preliminary Outcomes, and Lessons Learned From a Pilot Trial With High Intensity Interval Exercise. Smith-Ryan AE, Weaver MA, Viera AJ, Weinberger M, Blue MNM, Hirsch KR (1970). Front Sports Act Living, 690243.

Does This Adult Patient Have Hypertension? The Rational Clinical Examination Systematic Review. Viera AJ, Yano Y, Lin F, et al (2021). JAMA, 326(4), 339-346.
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Comparisons of Four Diet Quality Indexes to Define Single Meal Healthfulness. Bullock SL, Miller HM, Ammerman AS, Viera AJ (1970). J Acad Nutr Diet, S2212-2672(21), 00410-X.

Primary Care of Adult Patients After Stroke: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Kernan WN, Viera AJ, Billinger SA, Bravata DM, Stark SL, Kasner SE, Kuritzky L, Towfighi A, American Heart Association Stroke Council; Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention; and Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease (1970). Stroke, STR0000000000000382.


  • MPH, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006
  • Teacher Certification, Critical Needs Program, Winthrop College, 1991