Two permanent councils provide peer oversight of UCNS accreditation and certification activities. Council member nominations are submitted by the five parent organizations and approved by the UCNS Board Chair. Councils report to the Board of Directors.

Accreditation Council

The Accreditation Council sets accreditation policy and acts on requests for accreditation submitted by training programs.

  • James Owens, MD, PhD, Chair
  • Katherine Peters, MD, PhD, Vice Chair
  • Alexander P. Auchus, MD
  • J. Ricardo Carhuapoma, MD
  • Paul G. Fisher, MD
  • Christopher Oakley, MD
  • Hope O'Brien, MD, MBA
  • Michael Palm, MD
  • Gustavo J. Rodriguez, MD, PhD
  • Sanjay P. Singh, MD
  • Amanda Carpenter

Certification Council

The Certification Council sets certification policy and oversees the work of physician committees that develop certification examinations in each subspecialty.


  • Michael L. James, MD, Chair
  • Karen Ballaban-Gil, MD
  • Rohit R. Das, MD
  • Romergryko G. Geocadin, MD
  • Yasmin Khakoo, MD
  • Jun Li, MD, PhD
  • Douglas E. Ney, MD
  • David Urion, MD, FAAN
  • Deborah Young Bradshaw, MD
  • Todd Bulson