Dr. Nicholas A. Viens

A board-certified orthopedic specialist, Dr. Nicholas Viens specializes in foot and ankle conditions at North Carolina Specialty Hospital. He treats a wide variety of patients, ranging from a competitive athlete after an acute injury or an older patient with long-standing arthritis.

Dr. Viens loves to find the best way to meet patients’ unique needs through individualized treatment. When orthopedic surgery is needed, he draws on his expertise utilizing both open and arthroscopic techniques. He is proud to be able to offer total ankle replacement as a potential treatment option to his patients.

Educational Background and Training

Dr. Viens graduated from Duke University and the Duke University School of Medicine. After completing his residency in orthopedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center, he attained a fellowship at The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. His fellowship training provided him with expertise in orthopedic surgery for the foot and ankle.

Dr. Viens is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS). He has been an AOFAS resident scholar, an American Orthopedic Association (AOA) resident leadership forum nominee, and a John A. Feagin, Jr., M.D., Leadership Program medical scholar.

Dr. Viens has co-authored publications in the Journal of Arthroplasty, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, Foot and Ankle International, and the Journal of Surgical Orthopedic Advances.
He currently serves as an Associate CME Editor for The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc. (JBJS). Dr. Viens reviews and revises CME questions based on content published in JBJS to help maintain and improve the high quality of JBJS’s CME activities.

Dr. Viens enjoys working with patients experiencing a variety of foot and ankle conditions. He provides treatment and surgery for conditions including:

  • Ankle/foot pain
  • Ankle sprain
  • Ankle fracture
  • Ankle instability
  • Ankle arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Achilles tendon tears
  • Foot arthritis

Whenever possible, Dr. Viens utilizes conservative treatment methods. If a diagnosis does not respond well to non-operative treatment, Dr. Viens performs orthopedic foot and ankle surgeries, including:

  • Ankle ligament reconstruction
  • Achilles tendon repair and reconstruction
  • Foot and ankle fracture fixation
  • Foot and ankle arthroscopy
  • Foot and ankle fusion (arthrodesis)
  • Total ankle replacement


  • Undergraduate: Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
  • Fellowship: Orthopedic Surgery of the Foot and Ankle, The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail, Colorado



  • American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Request a consultation with Dr. Viens now. Or, call us at (919) 220-5255 any time to speak with an EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region team member.

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