The Community Clinician of the Year Award was established in 1998 by the Massachusetts Medical Society to recognize a physician from each of the Society’s 20 district medical societies who has made significant contributions to his or her patients and the community and who stands out as a leading caregiver. The Norfolk District is comprised of more than 3,000 physicians practicing throughout Norfolk County. The award will be presented at the District Society’s annual meeting on April 16 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel.
The Community Clinician of the Year Award is the latest honor in a long list of awards that Dr. Rockett has received throughout her distinguished medical career. She has been previously honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society’s with its Lifetime Achievement Award, its Distinguished Service Award, the Grant V. Rodkey Award for teaching excellence, and the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Leadership.
For years of service to her alma mater, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Tufts University School of Medicine, where she continues her efforts as a faculty advisor and member of the Board of Overseers. She has also received honorary doctoral degrees from Emmanuel College, Stonehill College, and King’s College, and has been recognized for her efforts in youth sports by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association with its MIAA Wellness Achievement Award.
Long active in organized medicine, Dr. Rockett was the first female president of the Massachusetts Medical Society and served two terms in that leadership position. She has also chaired the MMS Committee on Professional Liability and served on numerous committees and task forces. She is currently a member of the Committees on Legislation, Professional Liability, and Student Health and Sports Medicines and is a director of the Massachusetts Medical Benevolent Society and the Charitable and Educational Fund.
Also active on the national level, Dr. Rockett has held a variety of leadership roles with the American Medical Association. She has served as chair of its Council on Legislation and as President of the AMA Foundation, among other positions, and is currently the chair of the Massachusetts Delegation to the AMA.
A graduate of Wellesley College and Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Rockett is a member of the American Society of General Surgeons. She has been affiliated with Newton-Wellesley Hospital since 1966.
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