Nicholas A. Viens, MD

Foot and Ankle

Dr. Viens is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with additional fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery. He graduated from Duke University and the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Viens completed residency in orthopaedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in orthopaedic surgery of the foot and ankle at The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado.

Dr. Viens is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society(AOFAS). He was an AOFAS Resident Scholar; an American Orthopaedic 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 Bone and Joint Surgery, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Foot and Ankle International, Journal of Arthroplasty, and Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances.

Beginning June 2017-June 2020, Dr. Viens will serve as an Associate CME Editor for The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc. (JBJS). He will be reviewing and revising 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 with general orthopaedic problems and has particular clinical interests in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine focusing on the foot and ankle. Whether treating a competitive athlete following an acute injury or an older patient with long-standing arthritis, Dr. Viens loves helping patients decide upon treatment plans that fit their individual needs and improve their quality of life, using both non- surgical and surgical options. Dr. Viens performs surgery with open and arthroscopic techniques and is proud to offer total ankle replacement as a potential treatment option to his patients.

Prior to joining EmergeOrtho, formerly Triangle Orthopaedics, Dr. Viens practiced orthopaedic surgery in Lexington, Kentucky. He returned to the Triangle with his wife, who graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and their children.

  • M.D. Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina.
  • Undergraduate: Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.
  • Orthopaedic Surgery of the Foot and Ankle, The Steadman Clinic & Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail, Colorado.
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Patient Reviews

What Our Patients Are Saying?

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“Dr. Viens was very thorough, answering all of my questions and explaining how I could heal surgically or non-surgically. I couldn’t give him high enough marks. Every time I had a question through the portal, I got a quick response. It has just been way beyond anything I would have expected. Triangle Orthopaedics is a great practice and he’s a terrific addition.”


“I initially saw Dr. Nicholas Viens as a second opinion for my ankle injury. Even though he gave me the same diagnosis as the first surgeon, I immediately knew I would continue my care, and have him perform my surgery.
My first impression of Dr. Viens was that he was extremely knowledgeable of my orthopedic diagnosis, and the most up-to-date treatments and surgery procedures. He took the time to make sure I understood what the results of my injury were, and all available options for moving forward.
Dr. Viens performed surgery in September, 2015, to repair my damaged peroneal tendon and ligaments. The results have been beyond my expectations! I am now over 6 months post-surgery, and I no longer have the nagging pain and discomfort I had before surgery. My ankle is healing as expected, and I am regaining strength and resuming normal activities.
I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to Dr. Viens, and the entire staff at Triangle Orthopedics. Dr. Viens has always taken the time to explain all aspects of my care, always making me feel as if I was his only patient for the day. He is a perfectionist with his patients’ care, always wanting and providing the best possible outcome for them. Dr. Viens showed me he is a hands-on doctor, even working with the x-ray tech one day to help take x-rays. Additionally, I have always been examined by him, and not an assistant.
The entire staff, from the ladies at the front check-in, to the medical staff have been very pleasant, professional, and knowledgeable as well. Customer service is a “deal-breaker” for me, and every employee at Triangle Orthopedics, Durham, has provided me with excellence.
I would highly recommend Dr. Viens. He is a wonderful asset to Triangle Orthopedics. He and the staff have provided me with a great patient experience.”
Allison L. Mebane, NC

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