United Council for Nuerologic Subspecialties


About UCNS

UCNS is a nonprofit organization that accredits training programs (fellowships) in neurologic subspecialties and awards certification to physicians who demonstrate their competence in these subspecialties.

UCNS traces its origins to 1998, when American Academy of Neurology (AAN) President Francis I. Kittredge, Jr., MD, FAAN, appointed a Commission on Subspecialty Certification that was chaired by Stephen M. Sergay, MB BCh, FAAN. This was a time of major change in neurology when there was increased interest in subspecialty accreditation and certification to set standards for fellowships and clinical competence.

In 2001, Dr. Sergay and other AAN leaders proposed the formation of a separate, nonprofit organization that could provide accreditation of fellowships and certification of practitioners in small neurologic subspecialties, to be governed by leading associations in neurology. The intent was to improve patient care and to offer subspecialists a vehicle to enhance their fields of practice. By 2002, the project had the support of AAN, the American Neurological Association, the Association of University Professors of Neurology, Child Neurology Society, and Professors of Child Neurology. In February of 2003, these five “parent” organizations voted to proceed with incorporating the new organization. Since then, UCNS has grown substantially.

UCNS is governed by a Board of distinguished neurologists representing the parent organizations and UCNS subspecialties. The Board oversees an Accreditation Council and Certification Council. All members of the UCNS Board, councils, and committees serve on a volunteer basis.


Accreditation (.pdf)
Certification (.pdf)

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Ethics Statement

While UCNS certifies physicians in neurologic subspecialties, it does not investigate individual instances of medical misconduct. Instead, such investigations and imposition of sanctions, if appropriate, are the responsibilities of medical specialty societies and state medical licensing boards. The website of the Federation of State Medical Boards, www.fsmb.org, maintains a list of links to state medical boards.