In nominating him for the honor, his colleagues noted that Dr. Rockett’s career has “been marked by a level of achievement in surgical practice, medical education, medical consulting, societal support, military services, organizational participation, community support, civic participation, and charitable support rarely seen nor equaled” and that he has made “lasting, significant, and meaningful contributions to the Massachusetts Medical Society, the practice of medicine, and the patients of our Commonwealth.”
A member of the Medical Society since 1959, Dr. Rockett has served the organization in numerous capacities. He has been a member of many committees and task forces, including Ethics and Discipline, Legislation, Public Health, and Publications, and he has chaired the Committees on Administration and Management, Sports Medicine, and Professional Liability.
Recognizing his dedication and leadership, his colleagues elected him as Vice President in 1999, and he went on to serve as President-Elect in 2000 and then as President in 2001. He continues his active involvement as a member of the Board of Trustees, the House of Delegates, and the Committee on Nominations.
Dr. Rockett received his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Tufts University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. From 1966-1998, he was Chief of Neurosurgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and from 1968-2003 he was a Clinical Instructor in Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He continues to practice at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and serves as a consultant in neurosurgery with Harvard University’s Health Services and Department of Athletics and with Boston College’s Department of Sports Medicine.
His previous honors include the George L. White Award and two Physicians Service Awards from Newton-Wellesley Hospital, the Tufts University Medical School Service Award, the Distinguished Service Award from Tufts University Alumni Association, and the Community Clinician of the Year Award from the Norfolk District Medical Society.
A veteran of the United States Navy with service as a Lieutenant in the Medical Corps, Dr. Rockett is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, a member of the American Medical Association, and a member of the Massachusetts and New England Neurosurgical Societies.
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