Press Release

For Immediate Release
Nov 12, 2012
Contact : Maureen Gillespie, Manager, Public Relations  
732-776-4166
mgillespie@meridianhealth.com

Alexander Shifrin, MD, FACS, FACE, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, is the first surgeon in the USA to receive Board Certification in Endocrine Neck Ultrasound and FNA Biopsy

 

Neptune, NJ - Jersey Shore University Medical Center is proud to announce that Alexander Shifrin, MD, FACS, FACE, Endocrine Surgeon at Jersey Shore, has achieved an Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound (ECNU) and is the first surgeon in the United States to be Board Certified in Endocrine Neck Ultrasound and FNA Biopsy.

Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound (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 successfully completed the Validation of Competency Process (VCP).

The Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound Program is governed by the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Neck Ultrasound Certification Council. 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. The AIUM ultrasound practice accreditation is a peer review process that examines practices against nationally recognized standards of excellence in training and qualifications of personnel, quality of ultrasound examinations, maintenance and calibration of machines, quality of reports, implementation of protection policies, and regular quality assurance activities.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents subspecialty physicians who are recognized for their expertise in the care of patients with thyroid and parathyroid diseases. These clinicians routinely perform consultations and diagnostic evaluations for patients with thyroid and parathyroid disorders, which include both diagnostic ultrasonography (US) and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (UGFNA). The ACE, which is the educational and scientific arm of AACE, recognizes that the certification process for US and UGFNA provides assurance for optimal quality in patient treatment outcomes.

Jerome Vernick, M.D., chair, department of surgery at Jersey Shore comments, “We are proud that Dr.
Shifrin is the first surgeon in the nation to receive the Board Certification in Endocrine Neck Ultrasound and FNA Biopsy. This prestigious accreditation reflects Dr. Shifrin’s level of expertise in the field of endocrinology, and Jersey Shore’s commitment to excellence.”

About Jersey Shore University Medical Center:
Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – the first children’s hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Jersey Shore University Medical Center specializes in cardiovascular care, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, neuroscience, and women’s specialty services. For more information on Jersey Shore University Medical Center call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit www.JerseyShoreUniversityMedicalCenter.com.