Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound (ECNU) Program


Join the growing number of physicians certified in the ACE Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound!


Application Deadline: 05/30/2014
Examination Session Dates: 06/23/2014 – 07/12/2014

Certification increases public and patient confidence in thyroid ultrasound practice.

ECNU is a professional certification in the field of neck ultrasonography for physicians who perform consultations and diagnostic evaluations for thyroid and parathyroid disorders through both diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (UGFNA).

The ECNU credential signifies that an individual has passed the Comprehensive Certification Examination (CCE) and has successfully completed the Validation of Competency Process (VCP). Successful candidates can use the ECNU designation after their names.

Participation in the ECNU Program is voluntary and open to anyone meeting the eligibility requirements. Membership in the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) is not required.

ECNU is recognized by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), one of the preeminent, national accreditation bodies for ultrasound practices, and allows those with the ECNU credential to be directors of ultrasound laboratories and apply for AIUM Practice Accreditation. Also, it is expected that achieving ECNU certification will become increasingly important in the future for reimbursement from Medicare and third party payors.

To learn more about the ECNU Program, please read the Candidate Handbook. You can download the 2014 ECNU Program Candidate Handbook by clicking here.

The ECNU Program is comprised of the following steps. Please note that all candidates must satisfy both Step 1 and Step 2 in order to receive the ECNU designation.

STEP 1: Comprehensive Certification Examination (CCE)

The CCE is a multiple-choice, computer-based examination consisting of 100 questions. The examination will be administered at Prometric™ sites located throughout the United States. Candidates are given two (2) hours to complete the examination. For more information on Prometric™, please go to www.prometric.com.

The CCE will cover the following major topic areas:

  1. Principles of Ultrasound Imaging – 15%
  2. Neck Anatomy – 15%
  3. Thyroid Pathology – 34%
  4. Parathyroid Pathology – 10%
  5. Lymph Node Pathology – 10%
  6. Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration (UGFNA) – 16%

STEP 2: Validation of Competency Process (VCP)

The Validation of Competency Process assesses the physician's demonstrated competency, activity, and level of skills to interpret and report complete diagnostic ultrasound examinations (either performed by a supervised certified ultrasound technologist or personally by the physician), and to perform and report UGFNA procedures.

The VCP requires submission of a total of fifteen (15) ultrasound (US) studies and reports, and must be submitted in accordance to the VCP Instructions for Ultrasound Procedure Reports.

Refer to the Validation of Competency Process (VCP) section of the Candidate Handbook for detailed requirements and instructions regarding the validation process.

STEP 3: ECNU Program Completion (Issuance of ECNU Certificate and ECNU Designation)

Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound (ECNU) is a professional designation awarded to individuals who meet specified knowledge requirements, measured through a standardized examination and validation of competency process in diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (UGFNA).

  • Upon successfully completing the VCP, the candidate will have earned the right to use the ECNU designation after his/her name.
  • A formal letter, ECNU Certificate, and ECNU lapel pin will be sent to candidates who have successfully completed the ECNU Program.
  • Certification is valid for 10 years.

The ECNU Program is open to both AACE and non-AACE members. The ACE Neck Ultrasound Certification Council has established the eligibility criteria to qualify for the ECNU Program. Candidates applying for the ECNU Program may qualify through one (1) of the seven (7) routes, and must satisfy all requirements for the chosen route in order to be eligible for ECNU. Please read the Candidate Handbook to find out if you are eligible to apply for the ECNU Program.


Candidates who wish to obtain ECNU designation must complete the certification program and pay the fees for both the CCE and the VCP. The fee structure for the ECNU Program is as follows:

AACE Member $350 $900 $1,250
Non-AACE Member $550 $1,000 $1,550
*Fellows/Retired AACE Members $250 $800 $1,050

*NOTE FOR FELLOWS: A letter from Department Chair verifying status must accompany application. Fellow's fees only apply if candidate is in his/her final year of fellowship program. Fellows who have completed the fellowship program will be charged the AACE Member rate.

  • Fees for CCE and VCP will be collected separately.
  • The candidate's first payment will be for the CCE, and this must be submitted with the candidate's ECNU Program Application.
  • Candidates should not pay for the VCP fee until they receive official written notification from ACE that they passed the CCE.

Application period for the Spring, Comprehensive Certification Examination (CCE)
has been scheduled for 04/14/2014 – 05/30/2014.

The ECNU Program Application form can be downloaded from the AACE website. Applications can be submitted to ACE either online or by postal mail, depending on your preference.

1. Paper Application

You can download the paper application from the AACE website here. For your reference, all forms are also included in the Candidate Handbook.

Paper applicants must include their payment with the application, and may use a credit card or personal check as form of payment. Please make checks payable to the American College of Endocrinology (ACE). Checks must be in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank.

An application cannot be processed until all fees are paid in full. For a detailed fee structure, see the payment section of the application.

2. Online Application

To access the online application:

  • Online applicants must provide a valid (working) e-mail address that is capable of receiving e-mail from ACE.
  • Please apply online here (AACE Members must be logged in to receive Member Prices).

Proceed through each screen of the application, carefully following the on-screen instructions and providing the information required. Applicants must complete all sections of the online application. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

ECNU Certification Registry

The following individuals have successfully completed the Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound (ECNU) Program and have earned the ECNU designation.

Daniel  Noiseux, MD, ECNU 02/26/2010   Longueuill   Canada
Muhammad Zakarea Shrayyef, MD, ECNU,FACP 06/02/2011   Moncton, NB   Canada
Akshay Bhanwarlal Jain, MD, ECNU 02/24/2014   Calgary Alberta   Canada
Deric  James Morrison, MD, FRCPC, ECNU 09/27/2013   London Ontario   Canada
Harpreet Singh Bajaj, MD, ECNU 01/25/2011   brampton Ontario   Canada
Luis E. Jimenez-Briceno, MD, ECNU 05/03/2010   La Union Cartago   Costa Rica
Subramanian  Kannan, MD, ECNU 04/08/2014   Bangalore   India
Mohamad O. Abu-Hijleh, MD, FRCP, FACE, ECNU 08/07/2011   Abdoun Amman   Jordan
Hassan Ahmed Al Humrani, MD, ECNU 12/12/2011   Eastern Province Alhassa   Saudi Arabia
Anwar Ali Jammah, MD, FACP, FRCP(c), ECNU 12/28/2009   Riyadh Ar Riyad   Saudi Arabia
Abdulrahman  Ghiatheddin Alkabbani, MD, ECNU 01/21/2014   Riyadh   Saudia Arabia
Su-Ynn  Chia, MBBS, ECNU 12/24/2009   Singapore   Singapore
Alaaeldin M. K.  Bashier, MD, FACE, ECNU 11/04/2013   Dubai   UAE
Huda Ezzeddin Mustafa, MD, ECNU 08/18/2011   Abu Dhabi Abu Zaby   UAE
Zain  Gulzar, MD, FACE, ECNU 01/10/2011   Dubai Dubayy   UAE
Devasenan  Devendra, MD, ECNU 06/19/2010   London   UK
Maricel L. Ridella, MD, ECNU 02/05/2014   Newport News VA   US
Lianke  Mu, MD, FACE, ECNU 05/21/2009   Trussville AL   USA
Zulekha  Hamid, MD, ECNU 02/14/2012   Little Rock AR   USA
Rekha  Kumari-Agarwal, MD, FACE, ECNU 02/24/2010   Phoenix AZ   USA
Daniel S. Duick, MD, FACE, FACP, ECNU 12/31/2012   Phoenix AZ   USA
Emir Ephraim Harari, MD, ECNU 01/12/2014   Scottsdale AZ   USA
Andrea  Ferenczi, MD, ECNU 06/30/2010   Sun City West AZ   USA
Sreedevi S. Reddy, MD, ECNU 06/19/2010   Gilbert AZ   USA
Alexander D. Zwart, MD, FACP, ECNU 12/05/2011   Tucson AZ   USA
David K. Alster, MD, FACE, ECNU 12/07/2011   Tucson AZ   USA
Soo Shin Rhee, MD, ECNU 07/02/2012   Tucson AZ   USA
Monique L. Manganelli-Orr, MD, FACE, ECNU 05/05/2011   La Jolla CA   USA
Arash  Nourparvar, MD, FACE, ECNU 09/09/2009   Los Angeles CA   USA
James David McCallum, MD, FACE, ECNU 09/09/2009   San Diego CA   USA
Peter M. Sklarin, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 09/29/2009   San Francisco CA   USA
Timothy S. Bailey, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 10/09/2009   Escondido CA   USA
Paul C. Norwood, MD, ECNU 12/26/2009   Fresno CA   USA
Jeereddi A. Prasad, MD, FACE, ECNU 01/11/2010   Claremont CA   USA
Richard B. Guttler, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 02/22/2010   Santa Monica CA   USA
Ramona  Krutzik, MD, ECNU 05/20/2011   Brawley CA   USA
Charles H. Choe, MD, ECNU 04/27/2010   San Diego CA   USA
Gabrielle  OConnor, MD, ECNU 05/01/2010   San Juan Capistrano CA   USA
Alison M. Semrad, DO, ECNU 11/03/2010   Fair Oaks CA   USA
Neil Quang Tran, MD, ECNU 12/26/2010   Westminster CA   USA
Adeela  Naureen Ansari, MD, ECNU 01/29/2011   Sacramento CA   USA
Mai  Gu , MD, PhD, ECNU 09/18/2013   Orange CA   USA
Megan Elizabeth McGarvey, MD, ECNU 02/13/2012   La Jolla CA   USA
Ammar  Qoubaitary, MD, ECNU 05/28/2012   San Ramon CA   USA
Anthony York Yul Yin, MD, ECNU 07/09/2012   San Francisco CA   USA
Brandon Edward Chock, MD, ECNU 07/22/2012   Los Angeles CA   USA
Christopher R. Fox, MD, ECNU 10/01/2009   Superior CO   USA
Shari C. Fox, MD, FACE, ECNU 05/25/2011   Englewood CO   USA
Claudia A. Panzer, MD, ECNU 11/03/2009   Denver CO   USA
Christine M. Signore, MD, ECNU 01/21/2013   Branford CT   USA
Antonio  Pantaleo, MD, ECNU 06/21/2010   Stamford CT   USA
Judith M. Castillo-Perez, MD, ECNU 07/29/2010   Fairfield CT   USA
Linda S. Werner, MD, FACE, ECNU 08/14/2010   Weston CT   USA
Ibitoro  Osakwe, MBBS, MD, ECNU 08/30/2010   Suffield CT   USA
Mary  E. Arden-Cordone, MD, ECNU 10/02/2010   Stamford CT   USA
Constantin  Carseli, MD, FACE, ECNU 07/27/2011   Mystic CT   USA
Philip A. Goldberg, MD, FACE, ECNU 12/26/2010   Guilford CT   USA
Mehtap  Berkmen, MD, ECNU 07/29/2011   Waterbury CT   USA
Maria S. Guoth, MD, FACE, ECNU 10/05/2011   Greenwich CT   USA
Surani Rita Fernando, MD, FACE, ECNU 04/06/2012   New Haven CT   USA
Elton Timothy Shapiro, MD, CDE, FACP, FACE, ECNU 11/08/2012   Hollywood FL   USA
Arturo R. Castro, MD, FACE, ECNU 04/21/2009   Spring Hill FL   USA
Mark A. Lupo, MD, FACE, ECNU 07/22/2009   Sarasota FL   USA
Diane R. Krieger, MD, ECNU 08/03/2009   Miami FL   USA
Nanjappa  Chandramohan, MD, FACE, ECNU 11/20/2009   Ocala FL   USA
Allan  C. Golding, MD, FACE, ECNU 09/18/2013   Hollywood FL   USA
Lenita  Hanson, MD, FACE, ECNU 12/17/2009   Punta Gorda FL   USA
Vanessa  Rodriguez, MD, FACE, ECNU 03/11/2010   Delray Beach FL   USA
Richard Mack Harrell, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 04/10/2010   Boca Raton FL   USA
Sandra S. Werbel, MD, FACE, ECNU 05/03/2010   Gainseville FL   USA
Andrew J. Scoma, MD, FACE, ECNU 05/18/2010   Winter Park FL   USA
Pedro I. Troya, MD, ECNU 06/24/2011   Tampa FL   USA
Rodolfo A. Perez, MD, ECNU 05/19/2010   Hialeah FL   USA
Zsofia  Geck, MD, ECNU 05/20/2010   Tampa FL   USA
Sherief F. Kamel, MD, FACE, ECNU 09/02/2010   Lynn Haven FL   USA
Leonard  Mark Thaler, MD, FACE, ECNU 07/16/2011   Miami FL   USA
John B. Tourtelot, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 02/05/2011   Belleair FL   USA
Agustin A. Andrade, MD, ECNU 01/21/2014   Miami FL   USA
Ana-Maria  Chindris, MD, ECNU 04/14/2014   Jacksonville FL   USA
Mudit  Jain, MD, FACE, ECNU 08/04/2011   Plantation FL   USA
Marcos M. Chertman, MD, FACE, ECNU 03/16/2012   Miami Beach FL   USA
Oscar L. Castro, MD, FACE, ECNU 06/29/2012   Palm Harbor FL   USA
Hiba  Al-Dabagh, MBBS, ECNU 10/19/2012   Davenport FL   USA
Rami Mahmoud Almokayyad, MD, ECNU 06/18/2011   Ames IA   USA
Irinel N. Stanciu, MD, ECNU 08/11/2010   Meridian ID   USA
Eshraq  N. Al-Jaghbeer, MBBS, ECNU 05/25/2009   Des Plaines IL   USA
Hady E. Sfeir, MD, ECNU 08/25/2009   Edwards IL   USA
Jennifer Meisenzahl Cunningham, MD, FACE, ECNU 10/17/2011   Oak Park IL   USA
Hammad  Hussain, MD, ECNU 07/19/2012   Quincy IL   USA
Cynthia Carol Benedict, MD, ECNU 12/31/2012   Indianapolis IN   USA
Ernest O. Asamoah, MD, FRCP, FACP, FACE, ECNU 02/27/2009   Fortville IN   USA
Thottathil V. Gopan, MD, ECNU 09/08/2010   Munster IN   USA
Hirisadarahally  Nagaraja, MD, FACE, ECNU 05/11/2010   Noblesville IN   USA
Robert  Viron Lane, MD, ECNU 09/03/2013   Auburn KS   USA
Howard M. Rosen, MD, FACE, ECNU 07/17/2010   Overland Park KS   USA
David Alexander Sloan, MDCM 12/20/2013   Lexington KY   USA
L. Raymond Reynolds, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 07/17/2009   Lexington KY   USA
Leera N. Patel, Md, ECNU 08/25/2011   Lexington KY   USA
Anna V. Marino, MD, ECNU 09/10/2012   Lexington KY   USA
Uma  Rangaraj, MD, FACP, ECNU 11/02/2012   Monroe LA   USA
Tilak Kumar Mallik, MD, FACE, ECNU 11/28/2012   New Orleans LA   USA
Mario R. McNally, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 07/28/2010   New Orleans LA   USA
Justin W. Fontenot, MD, ECNU 09/07/2010   Lafayette LA   USA
Olga   Kaliebe, MD, ECNU 02/04/2014   New Orleans LA   USA
Jill Miriam Paulson, MD, ECNU 11/12/2012   Boston MA   USA
Stephanie L. Lee, MD, PhD, ECNU 01/24/2013   Boston MA   USA
Zhao  Liu, MD, ECNU 02/17/2013   Danvers MA   USA
Angela  Maria Restrepo, MD, ECNU 08/05/2013   Beverly MA   USA
Peter  W. Butler, MD, ECNU 08/08/2013   Springfield MA   USA
Jacqueline  Tam Kung, MD, ECNU 09/03/2013   Cambridge MA   USA
Devin Warren Steenkamp, MD, ECNU 11/04/2013   West Roxbury MA   USA
Isabelle  Zamfirescu, MD, ECNU 01/21/2014   South Weymouth MA   USA
Leslie S. Eldeiry, MD, FACE, ECNU 09/13/2009   Boston MA   USA
Vera T. Fajtova, MD, FACE, ECNU 10/08/2009   Sudbury MA   USA
Jason L. Gaglia, MD, ECNU 01/26/2010   Boston MA   USA
Deborah Frankel Brigell, MD, FACE, ECNU 02/05/2010   Belmont MA   USA
Miguel Alejandro Ariza, MD, ECNU 06/20/2011   Malden MA   USA
James A. Goldman, MD, FACE, ECNU 02/09/2010   Newton MA   USA
Jennifer H. Lee, MD, ECNU 03/17/2010   Newton MA   USA
Karen Clare McCowen, MD, ECNU 04/11/2010   Chestnut Hill MA   USA
Samara  Peña, MD, ECNU 06/30/2010   Boston MA   USA
Gilbert T. Brovar, MD, ECNU 07/27/2010   Jamaica Plain MA   USA
Pamela I. Hartzband, MD, ECNU 07/28/2010   Brookline MA   USA
James V. Hennessey, MD, ECNU 07/29/2010   Needham MA   USA
Kristin D. Helm, MD, ECNU 12/16/2010   Milton MA   USA
Linda S. Jaffe, MD, FACE, ECNU 12/17/2010   Newton MA   USA
Marcy A. Cheifetz, MD, ECNU 04/01/2011   Needham MA   USA
Kishore M. Lakshman, MD, MPH, ECNU 04/26/2011   Seekonk MA   USA
Abby Bernheim Landzberg, MD, ECNU 05/02/2011   South Weymouth MA   USA
Alina  Gavrila, MD, MMSc, ECNU 02/10/2011   Framingham MA   USA
Karen Wei-Li Choong, MD, ECNU 07/26/2011   Brighton MA   USA
Yousef Hamdi Altowaireb, MD, ECNU 02/24/2012   Springfield MA   USA
Gabriela  Szabo, MD, ECNU 07/04/2012   Worcester MA   USA
Vicky  Cheng, MD, ECNU 07/23/2012   Dedham MA   USA
Laura Sweeney Selkirk, MD, ECNU 08/09/2012   South Weymouth MA   USA
Mihaela C. Blendea, MD, ECNU 08/28/2012   Worcester MA   USA
Matthew Jonathan Spitzer, MD, ECNU 10/26/2012   Boston MA   USA
Heidi Ann Karon, MD, ECNU 03/11/2013   Columbia MD   USA
Majd A. Hakim, MD, FACE, ECNU 01/01/2010   Frederick MD   USA
Rosalie  Naglieri, MD, ECNU 03/13/2011   Columbia MD   USA
K.M. Mohamed Shakir, MD, FRCP, MACP, MACE, ECNU 02/22/2010   Bethesda MD   USA
Michael  Sharon, MD, FACP, ECNU 06/09/2010   Rockville MD   USA
Huong Diem Nguyen, MD, ECNU 09/24/2010   Gaithersburg MD   USA
Wai Ping Angel Li, DO, ECNU 07/22/2012   Frederick MD   USA
Wesley P. Fairfield, MD, ECNU 01/21/2014   Lewiston ME   USA
Ana X Mendoza-Salazar, MD, ECNU 04/29/2010   Bangor ME   USA
Hemant T. Thawani, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 01/03/2013   Flint MI   USA
Ruggero  Battan, MD, FACE, ECNU 04/24/2009   Grand Rapids MI   USA
Michael  Garcia, MD, MACE, ECNU 10/28/2009   West Bloomfield MI   USA
Douglas D. Notman, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 02/09/2010   Zeeland MI   USA
Muhammad I. Choudhry, MD, ECNU 06/12/2010   Marquette MI   USA
Saleh A. Aldasouqi, MD, FACE, ECNU 07/02/2010   East Lansing MI   USA
Sleman Albert Khoury, MD, ECNU 08/23/2011   West Bloomfield MI   USA
Phenu  Zachariah, DO, ECNU 02/06/2013   Cape Girardeau MO   USA
Ahmad Z. Sheikh, MD, ECNU 09/05/2009   Cape Girardeau MO   USA
James  Bonucchi, DO, ECNU 09/05/2009   Sparta MO   USA
JonBen Dale Svoboda, MD, FACE, ECNU 11/01/2009   Rogersville MO   USA
Uzma Z. Khan, MD, ECNU 02/27/2010   Jefferson City MO   USA
K. George Thampy, MD, FACE, ECNU 07/25/2011   Saint Louis MO   USA
Hussam H. Alhawari, MD, ECNU 10/22/2010   Springfield MO   USA
Shadi G. Badrieh, MD, ECNU 07/29/2011   Joplin MO   USA
Peter A. Boyer, MD, ECNU 12/02/2011   Jefferson City MO   USA
Michael C. Gonzales, MD, ECNU 01/27/2014   Hattiesburg MS   USA
Todd W. Frieze, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 04/02/2010   Biloxi MS   USA
John Woody Sistrunk, MD, FACE, ECNU 09/23/2010   Jackson MS   USA
James Gregory Powell, MD, FACE, ECNU 01/16/2012   Hattiesburg MS   USA
Khushbu A. Chandarana, MD, ECNU 11/01/2012   Raleigh NC   USA
Sung-Eun  Yoo, MD, ECNU 08/02/2011   Cary NC   USA
Brooks B. Mays, MD, ECNU 01/06/2009   Pinhurst NC   USA
Anthony R. Barber, MD, FACE, ECNU 01/27/2009   Hickory NC   USA
Michael J. Thomas, MD, PhD, FACE, ECNU 05/04/2009   Raleigh NC   USA
John Charles Parker, MD, FACE, ECNU 09/13/2009   Wilmington NC   USA
Ghobad  Azizi, MD, ECNU 02/12/2010   Wilmington NC   USA
Ebele C. Chira, MD, ECNU 02/19/2010   Hickory NC   USA
Julia  Warren-Ulanch, MD, ECNU 03/15/2011   Raleigh NC   USA
Douglas B. Robinson, MD, PhD, FACE, ECNU 06/12/2010   Charlotte NC   USA
Adam F. Spitz, MD, FACE, ECNU 04/05/2011   Charlotte NC   USA
Olga V. Ostmann, MD, ECNU 08/08/2011   Pinehurst NC   USA
Julie E. Hallanger-Johnson, MD, ECNU 05/08/2010   Fargo ND   USA
Robert  A. Levine, MD, FACE, ECNU 03/24/2010   Hollis NH   USA
Ansu  Joy, MD, ECNU 05/15/2013   Princeton NJ   USA
James  Ping-Hsun Leu, MD, ECNU 12/09/2013   Wayne NJ   USA
Michael  Magnotti, MD, ECNU 01/13/2014   Teaneck NJ   USA
Navtika  Desai, DO, FACE, ECNU 03/10/2014   Green Brook NJ   USA
Jeffrey M. Bauman, MD, ECNU 01/27/2009   Lake Hiawatha NJ   USA
Dima  Yeshou, MD, ECNU 02/09/2010   Paramus NJ   USA
Sameera  Daud-Ahmad, MD, ECNU 03/09/2010   Old Tappan NJ   USA
Jerrold M. Stock, MD, FACE, ECN 04/10/2010   West Orange NJ   USA
Melissa Garduno Young, MD, FACE, ECNU 10/02/2010   Freehold NJ   USA
Jason M. Hollander, MD, ECNU 04/08/2011   Lawrenceville NJ   USA
Kamal C. Greiss, MD, FRCP, FACP, FACE, ECNU 07/26/2011   Wyckoff NJ   USA
Stanislav  Goykhman, MD, ECNU 01/03/2011   Cliffside Park NJ   USA
Brian Gabriel Smolarz, MD, ECNU 01/12/2011   Princeton NJ   USA
Alan  Feldman, MD, FACE, ECNU 08/29/2011   Princeton NJ   USA
Syed Faiyaz Hussain, MD, ECNU 11/16/2011   Metuchen NJ   USA
Alexander L. Shifrin, MD, FACS,FACE, ECNU 10/19/2012   Neptune NJ   USA
William Reid Litchfield, MD, FACE, ECNU 04/27/2009   Henderson NV   USA
Milton K. Wong, MD, FACE, ECNU 06/21/2010   Las Vegas NV   USA
Samer  Nakhle, MD, FACE, ECNU 02/11/2011   Las Vegas NV   USA
Fariba Molouk Rahnema, MD, FACE, ECNU 10/26/2012   Las Vegas NV   USA
Monica G. Dorin Schwarcz, MD, ECNU 11/07/2012   Valhalla NY   USA
Ashita  Gupta, MD, MPH, ECNU 12/19/2012   New York NY   USA
Caroline K. Messer, MD, ECNU 01/21/2013   Mt. Kisco NY   USA
Steven P. Weitzman, MD, FACE, ECNU 04/03/2013   Stony Brook NY   USA
Deepa  Aravind, MD, FACE, ECNU 08/20/2013   Medford NY   USA
Neal Gary Breit, MD, CNSP, ECNU 01/12/2014   New York NY   USA
Lisa  Hannah Markman, MD, ECNU 01/21/2014   New York NY   USA
Gerald  Minkowitz, MD 01/24/2014   Brooklyn NY   USA
Saka Aramide Kazeem, MD, FACE, ECNU 02/12/2014   Brooklyn NY   USA
Marina  M.  Charitou, MD, ECNU 03/28/2014   Dix Hills NY   USA
Edward M. Condon, MD, ECNU 04/06/2009   East Northport NY   USA
Joseph C. Terrana, MD, FACE, ECNU 04/29/2009   Kings Park NY   USA
Elise M. Brett, MD, FACE, ECNU 07/02/2009   New York NY   USA
Jay G. Watsky, MD, FACE, ECNU 08/27/2009   Slingerlands NY   USA
Robert  G. Cheron, MD, FACE, ECNU 08/14/2009   Utica NY   USA
Jeffrey I. Mechanick, MD, FACP, FACE, FACN, ECNU 10/02/2009   New York NY   USA
Ailian  Chen, MD, ECNU 11/22/2009   Atlantic Beach NY   USA
Barry M. Lifschitz, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 12/13/2009   Suffern NY   USA
Susan  Wasserman, MD, FACE, ECNU 02/01/2010   New Hyde Park NY   USA
Eric A. Rudin, MD, ECNU 02/23/2010   South Salem NY   USA
Jessica C. Rockwell, MD, FACE, ECNU 03/05/2010   Cooperstown NY   USA
Eric J. Epstein, MD, ECNU 04/25/2011   Briarcliff Manor NY   USA
Runhua  Hou, MD, ECNU 07/25/2011   Rochester NY   USA
Debra J. Margulies, MD, ECNU 06/30/2010   Brooklyn NY   USA
Rebecca Michelle Fenichel, MD, ECNU 07/12/2012   New York NY   USA
Anna Camellia Azurin Schiwek, MD, ECNU 08/12/2012   Brewster NY   USA
Alexander  Perkelvald, MD, ECNU 09/16/2012   Brooklyn NY   USA
Sherry Kim Sussman, MD, FACE, ECNU 09/24/2012   Smithtown NY   USA
Bhaskar  Gundabolu, MD, MPH, ECNU 03/10/2013   Toldeo OH   USA
Thomas  Koroscil, MD, FACE, ECNU 08/14/2009   Beavercreek OH   USA
James H. Rudick, MD, FACE, FACP, ECNU 06/03/2011   Canton OH   USA
Roger Sanford Peckham, MD, FACE, ECNU 12/08/2009   Westlake OH   USA
Abid  Yaqub, MBBS, ECNU 02/04/2010   Proctorville OH   USA
Tipu Faiz M. Saleem, MD, FACE, ECNU 02/18/2010   Proctorville OH   USA
Nadia  Yaqub, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 06/11/2010   Mason OH   USA
Dima  Abdelmannan, MD, ECNU 08/11/2010   Shaker Heights OH   USA
Christian E. Nasr, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 06/13/2011   Westlake OH   USA
Guy Benjamin Mulligan, MD, ECNU 02/17/2011   Aurora OH   USA
Kevin M. Pantalone, DO, ECNU 08/29/2011   Streetsboro OH   USA
Matthew T. Draelos, MD, FACE, ECNU 12/15/2009   Edmond OK   USA
Donald Erik Aspenson, MD, FACE, ECNU 09/29/2010   Tulsa OK   USA
Patrick Ryan Hungerford, MD, ECNU 10/01/2010   Medford OR   USA
Arthur J. Bucci, MD, FACE, ECNU 01/29/2013   Pittsburgh PA   USA
Brian Ellis Michael, MD, FACE, ECNU 02/11/2013   York PA   USA
Bridget K. Beier, DO, ECNU 02/13/2013   Pittsburgh PA   USA
Saba  Faiz, MD, ECNU 04/01/2013   Lititz PA   USA
Maryam I. Khan, MD, ECNU 05/11/2012   Narberth PA   USA
Gauri  Dhir, MD, ECNU 03/12/2014   Balacynwyd PA   USA
James Price Restrepo, MD, FACS, ECNU 03/18/2014   Wyommissing PA   USA
Mushtaq A. Syed, MD, FACE, ECNU 01/20/2009   Indiana PA   USA
Prashant V. Nadkarni, FACE, ECNU 06/12/2010   Wilkes Barre PA   USA
Achilles T. Paparsenos, MD, ECNU 08/11/2010   Yardley PA   USA
Arti A. Patel, MD, ECNU 08/12/2010   Chester Springs PA   USA
Haleh  Haerian, MD, ECNU 10/02/2010   Duncansville PA   USA
Caroline S. Kim, MD, ECNU 08/02/2011   Philadelphia PA   USA
Colleen  Veloski, MD, FACE, ECNU 07/11/2012   Philadelphia PA   USA
Reena  Satyawadi, MD, ECNU 09/24/2012   Pittsburgh PA   USA
Jann M. Johnston, MD, FACE, ECNU 10/15/2012   Pittsburgh PA   USA
Camille Marie Buonocore, MD, FACE, ECNU 10/21/2012   Pittsburgh PA   USA
Victor J. Carlo-Chevere, MD 02/02/2014   San Juan PR   USA
Paige  Meacham Gault, MD, ECNU 08/13/2013   Simpsonville SC   USA
James R. Brennan, MD, FACE, ECNU 01/21/2010   Columbia SC   USA
Kanakasabai L. Narasimhan, MD, FACP, ECNU 08/20/2010   Columbia SC   USA
Eric Allen Horst, MD, FACE, ECNU 09/28/2011   Columbia SC   USA
Robert  Wozniak, MD, ECNU 12/06/2011   Rock Hill SC   USA
Thomas  Repas, DO, FACP, FACE, CDE, ECNU 04/06/2009   Hermosa SD   USA
Craig  Wierum, MD, FACE, ECNU 03/13/2013   Nashville TN   USA
John W. Interlandi, MD, CCD, FACE, ECNU 12/29/2009   Nashville TN   USA
Deepti G. Bulchandani, MD, ECNU 07/23/2012   Gallatin TN   USA
Kamalpreet K. Singh, MD, ECNU 11/21/2013   Austin TX   USA
Joseph L. Milburn, Jr., MD, ECNU 01/05/2014   Dallas TX   USA
Chris  Bajaj, DO, ECNU 02/10/2014   Fort Worth TX   USA
Kathleen Elaine Hands, MD, FACE, ECNU 11/05/2008   Helotes TX   USA
Michelle  Zaniewski-Singh, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 12/17/2008   Spring TX   USA
William F. Trigoso, MD, ECNU 07/05/2009   San Antonio TX   USA
Jacob  Vadakekalam, MD, ECNU 08/27/2009   San Antonio TX   USA
Wasim  Haque, MD, FACE, ECNU 09/05/2009   Coppell TX   USA
Darren Wayne Lackan, MD, FACE, ECNU 12/08/2009   Fort Worth TX   USA
Julie Marie Talavera, MD, ECNU 07/26/2010   Austin TX   USA
Peter Scott Emerson, MD, ECNU 10/22/2010   Austin TX   USA
Stephanie  Shaw, MD, ECNU 11/04/2010   Austin TX   USA
William C. Biggs, MD, FACE, ECNU 12/16/2010   Amarillo TX   USA
Luis  Casaubon, MD, ECNU 05/04/2011   Austin TX   USA
Thomas C. Blevins, MD, FACE, ECNU 02/10/2011   Austin TX   USA
Valerie D. Espinosa, MD, ECNU 10/06/2011   Austin TX   USA
Kerem  Ozer, MD, ECNU 01/03/2012   Austin TX   USA
Venkatesh Babu Gokulan Segu, MD, FACE, ECNU 01/11/2012   Austin TX   USA
Anjanette S. Tan, MD, FACE, ECNU 07/12/2012   Fort Worth TX   USA
Jonathan  David Leffert, MD, FACE, FACP, ECNU 07/26/2012   Dallas TX   USA
Fareed  Elhaj, MD, ECNU 09/07/2012   Houston TX   USA
Medhavi  Jogi, MD, ECNU 09/30/2012   Houston TX   USA
Devaprabu  Abraham, MD, MRCP, ECNU 03/13/2013   Salt Lake City UT   USA
Alison  E. Schneider, MD, ECNU 01/28/2014   Mountain Green UT   USA
Shahzad  Ahmad , MD, FACE, ECNU 07/01/2012   Provo UT   USA
Karen  L. Knudsen, MD, ECNU 12/28/2013   Williamsburg VA   USA
Jagdeesh   Ullal, MD, ECNU 03/11/2014   Norfolk VA   USA
Ali M. Safa, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU 05/01/2011   Great Falls VA   USA
Nathan Eric Carnell, MD, FACE, ECNU 01/29/2009   Lovettsville VA   USA
Christopher Shane Sonnier, MD, ECNU 03/03/2010   Christiansburg VA   USA
Ghandi M. Saadeh, MD, FACE, ECNU 05/11/2010   Virginia Beach VA   USA
Mark M. Sklar , MD, FACE, ECNU 07/17/2010   McClean VA   USA
Ratnasiri  Gunawardena, MD, ECNU 07/28/2010   Virginia Beach VA   USA
Mary E. Mason, MD, FACE, ECNU 05/03/2011   Virginia Beach VA   USA
Supna Bhagat Lowery, MD, ECNU 08/27/2010   Fairfax VA   USA
Akta Patel Mukherjee, MD, ECNU 09/19/2012   Midlothian VA   USA
Philip R. Lapp, MD, FACE, ECNU 03/01/2009   West Rutland VT   USA
Mary Irene C. Feria, MD, ECNU 11/04/2013   Kennewick WA   USA
Thomas E. Hamilton, MD, PhD, ECNU 07/29/2009   Bellevue WA   USA
Mandana  Ahmadian, MD, ECNU 10/12/2011   Bellevue WA   USA
Anil  Chandel, MD, ECNU 04/24/2011   Wauwatosa WI   USA
Prasuna  Jami, MD, ECNU 01/15/2013   Louisville WV   USA
Bradford Kent Michell, MD, FACS, ECNU 01/25/2014   Morgantown WV   USA
Raghda T. Sahloul, MD, FACE, ECNU 07/17/2012   Charleston WV   USA
Babak  Pazooki, MD, MSc, ECNU 12/11/2008   Casper WY   USA

This registry is continuously updated to provide the public with the current list of ECNU-certified individuals.


The Validation of Competency Process assesses the physician's demonstrated competency, activity, and level of skills to interpret and report complete diagnostic ultrasound examinations (either performed by a supervised ARDMS-certified sonographer or personally by the physician), and to perform and report UGFNA procedures.

Successful completion of the Comprehensive Certification Examination (CCE) will entitle the candidate to continue to the Validation of Competency Process (VCP). If the candidate fails the CCE, he/she must retake and successfully pass the examination prior to continuing to the VCP. Documentation and fees submitted for VCP will be returned unprocessed if the candidate has not passed the CCE.

Click here to submit your VCP packet. You will be given the opportunity to upload your PowerPoint® presentation.

A complete VCP package must include:
A. Completed/signed VCP Form
  • Section 1: Candidate Information
  • Section 2: VCP Payment
  • Section 3: Attestation of Ultrasound Procedures
B. PowerPoint® presentation containing the fifteen (15) ultrasound cases with accompanying patient and cytology reports. Images or reports submitted on paper will not be accepted and will be returned to the candidate ungraded.

All original reports must be scanned as they would appear in the patient records Reports that have been cut and pasted and are not in their original format will be returned.

All images and reports, including cytology, must contain the original date(s) the examination or procedure was performed.
Refer to VCP Manual for specific content criteria. Click here for current VCP manual.

In accordance with HIPAA regulations, all patient identifying information must be removed from the images and/or patient and cytology reports, prior to submission to the ACE Office. Patient identifying information includes name, address, phone number, birth date, social security number, medical record number, etc.. Images and reports with patient identifying information will not be accepted and will be returned to the candidate unprocessed.


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