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Press Release: NBPAS to Begin Re-Certification of UCNS Diplomates

Press Release: NBPAS to Begin Re-Certification of UCNS Diplomates -


National Board of Physicians and Surgeons to Begin Re-Certification of UCNS Diplomates


La Jolla, CA. The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons ( is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors (non-salaried volunteers) has voted in favor of re-certifying physicians who have received initial board certification from the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) effective November 1, 2020. This includes Diplomates who have received initial certification in the following neurological sub-specialties: Autonomic Disorders, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry, Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology, Geriatric Neurology, Headache Medicine, Neurocritical Care, Neuroimaging, and Neuro-oncology.


“NBPAS believes in the value of an initial certification examination after completing residency/fellowship, and is committed to providing certification that ensures physician compliance with national standards and promotes lifelong learning,” said Cardiologist and NBPAS President Paul Teirstein, MD, DNBPAS, FACC.


“At a time when we are trying to grow subspecialties like Headache Medicine, it is fantastic that NBPAS will start re-certifying Diplomates who may have otherwise decided to allow their certification to lapse,” said Neurologist, Headache Specialist, and Director of Legislative Affairs Paul G. Mathew, MD, DNBPAS, FAAN, FAHS. Dr. Mathew adds, “A one size fits all approach for learning does not work, and physicians should be able to re-certify based on CME that best suits their individual practice and interests.”


Since its inception in 2014, NBPAS has been re-certifying diplomates of all specialties and sub-specialties after passing an initial certification examination offered by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABPN) and its 24 Member Boards and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). This includes board re-certification in neurology and neurologic subspecialities offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), which include addiction psychiatry, brain injury medicine, child and adolescent psychiatry, clinical neurophysiology, consultation-liaison psychiatry (formerly psychosomatic medicine), epilepsy, forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, hospice and palliative medicine, neurocritical care, neurodevelopmental disabilities, neuromuscular medicine, pain medicine, sleep medicine, and vascular neurology.


In addition to passing an initial ABPN/AOA/UCNS certification examination, NBPAS requires that applicants hold an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, complete 50 hours of relevant Continuing Medical Education (CME) every 2 years, hold active hospital privileges for select specialties (primarily surgical/interventional specialties), and have not had their medical staff appointment/membership revoked.


First-time NBPAS certification costs $169 and renewal of NBPAS certification is on a 2 year cycle costing $145. For DO physicians, first-time NBPAS certification costs $189 and renewal of NBPAS certification costs $165. The $20 cost difference is because the AOA charges an extra $20 fee per physician for certification verification.


Thirteen states have passed legislation limiting the use of ABMS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) compliance for licensure and/or credentialing, and there are more bills under active review in numerous state legislatures. In addition, 136 healthcare institutions have made the independent decision to accept NBPAS for physician credentialing purposes. Additional information including advocacy materials and the online re-certification application can be found at




PDF Copy:  NBPAS UCNS Press Release 11.7.2020