Dr. Vieira's interests are related to vascular development in preterm neonates, especially in the retina vasculature. He uses oxidative disease models that mimic the retinopathy of prematurity. Furthermore, he is interested in the innate immune function of surfactant proteins and intends to expand its investigation in other systems outside the respiratory system.
Fun Fact: "I design board game pieces with my 3D printer."
Medical School: Universidade Federal do Parana, Brazil - 2002 - 2008
Pediatric Residency: Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA - 2011- 2014
Fellowship: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK - 2014 - 2017
Master of Physiology: University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK - 2017 - 2019
American Board of Pediatrics - General Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics – Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Dr. Vieira, during his neonatal fellowship, has investigated the presence of surfactant protein D (SP-D) in the mouse retina and possible effects due to the immune function of this protein. He continued to pursue other inflammatory pathways in the newborn mouse retina, currently investigating inflammasome effects in the mouse retina.
Dr. Vieira, with his colleague's support, intends to investigate the effects of SP-D in other tissues outside the respiratory system. He plans to determine the possible correlation of SP-D and gut injury in a mouse model of necrotizing enterocolitis.
Clinically, Dr. Vieira is the Oklahoma University site PI for “Safety of Sildenafil in Premature Infant at Risk for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia”.
Select Honors & Accomplishments:
August 2016 - Pediatric Fellow of the Month, Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center
February 2016 - Trainee Travel Award in 2016, The Southern Society of Pediatric Research
May 20014 - Dr. Spahr Award, Dr. Spahr, Geisinger Medical Center
February 2013 - Pediatric Resident of the Month, Geisinger Medical Center
July 2012 - Pediatric Resident of the Month, Geisinger Medical Center
September 2011 - Pediatric Resident of the Month, Geisinger Medical Center
- Vieira F, Kung JW, Bhatti F. Structure, genetics and function of the pulmonary associated surfactant proteins A and D: The extra-pulmonary role of these C type lectins. Ann Anat. 2017;211:184-201.
- Bhatti F, Kung JW, Vieira F. Retinal degeneration mutation in Sftpa1tm1Kor/J and Sftpd -/- targeted mice. PloS one. 2018;13(7):e0199824.