Medical Advisory Board

SunTech®'s highly-regarded Medical Advisory Board guides the development of new technology to address unmet needs in diagnostic monitoring. Board members collaboratively lend their clinical knowledge and expertise in blood pressure monitoring and patient treatment across a broad spectrum of medical specialties. We are pleased to introduce the following members of our Medical Advisory Board.

Dr. William White

Chair of our Medical Advisory Board, a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Chief of Hypertension and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he has worked for over 20 years. In addition, he is the founding editor of Blood Pressure Monitoring and a member of 9 editorial boards, including The American Journal of Cardiology, The American Journal of Medicine, and The American Journal of Hypertension. Dr. White has a long-standing interest in clinical hypertension, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, and clinical trials of antihypertensive drugs.

Dr. Bruce Alpert

Dr. Bruce Alpert is the Plough Foundation Endowed Chair Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a Cardiologist at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.  He co-Chairs the AAMI Sphygmomanometer Committee and represents the USA on the ISO Sphygmomanometer Committee.  He is on several editorial boards, including Blood Pressure Monitoring and The American Journal of Cardiology.  He was the Program Director of the UTHSC General Clinical Research Center for a decade.  Dr. Alpert has devoted his career to extensive cardiovascular research, leading or contributing to over 150 research studies.  He held NIH RO1 funding for over two decades.  He has published more than 400 manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters.  He has special expertise in 24-hr ABPM and vascular function assessment in children.

Dr. Brian R. Forrest

Dr. Brian R. Forrest is the Medical Director and Founder of Access Healthcare. Originally from Wake County, he attended UNC Chapel Hill medical school and specialized in family and community medicine in the residency program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. His special interests include management of Diabetes, Hypertension, and Cholesterol. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is an American Society of Hypertension Certified Clinical Hypertension Specialist. "What I try to do with patients is to prevent strokes and heart attacks, which are two of the most important things to accomplish in preventive cardiovascular medicine." Dr. Forrest is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill.

Dr. Sandeep Gavankar

Currently in private practice in Cary, North Carolina, is board certified in Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He is the head team physician for Raleigh Rugby and SE Raleigh HS. He is also the assistant team physician for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Carolina Ballet. Dr. Gavankar is a community preceptor for the Family Medicine residency at UNC, Chapel Hill.

Dr. Andrew Sherwood

Dr. Andrew Sherwood is Professor of Medical Psychology and Director of the Biobehavioral Research Laboratory at Duke University Medical Center. He is a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.His research focuses on physiological pathways linking behavior and lifestyle factors to cardiovascular disease. Dr. Sherwood is currently Principal Investigator of studies at Duke examining vascular regulation in postmenopausal women, biobehavioral aspects of prognosis in heart failure, and the causes and consequences of high nighttime blood pressure. He is also Co-Principal Investigator of an ongoing randomized clinical trial evaluating diet and exercise interventions for the treatment of hypertension.

Dr. Anthony Viera

Anthony Viera, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Public Health Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. In addition to maintaining an active clinical practice, Dr. Viera conducts research focusing on hypertension management and cardiovascular disease prevention. He is particularly interested in issues related to blood pressure measurement. His current study on masked hypertension is funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Dr. Viera has numerous publications related to hypertension and is certified as a clinical hypertension specialist by the American Society of Hypertension.