Massachusetts Medical Society: Norfolk District Medical Society

Norfolk District Medical Society

Norfolk District Medical Society Officers 2021-2022

President: Mary Lou Ashur, M.D.
Vice President: Shakti Sabharwal, M.D.
Secretary/Treasurer: Hemant Hora, M.D.

Contact Information

Email: nero@mms.org
Mailing Address: 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA  02451-1411
Telephone Number: 781-434-7211; 800-944-5562
District Event/Activity Contact: Waqaas Bhutta     
Email: wbhutta@mms.org

Norfolk District Medical Society Medical Student Scholarship Grant

One nonrestrictive $5,000 scholarship will be awarded. Additional scholarships may be awarded at the discretion of Norfolk District Medical Society (NDMS) Finance Committee and the NDMS Executive Board and after review by the NDMS Scholarship and Awards Committee. The Scholarship will be announced at the Annual or Spring Awards Meeting of the Norfolk District Medical Society. We encourage all medical students to apply.

*Eligibility:

  1. Medical student must be enrolled student in a medical school program in the United States when the grant is awarded. Consideration may be given by the committee to current and former Massachusetts residents. The committee is interested to know if students are current or former residents within in the Norfolk District Medical Society boundaries. http://www.massmed.org/districts/. The committee will consider medical students who are active members of the Massachusetts Medical Society or Norfolk District Medical Society.
  2. The student will be accepted or enrolled in U.S. medical school - i.e., allopathic, or osteopathic medical school. Thus, the grant may be used for expenses during the four years of medical school, or to defray repayment of academic loans. The medical school will be asked to attest to the applicant's good academic standing and financial need before disbursement.

Application Process:

  1. Email complete application form and other required documentation by January 1 to Susan Frazier at sfrazier@mms.org or Waqaas Bhutta at wbhutta@mms.org.
  2. Include in the Letter to the Scholarship and Awards Committee a personal statement of how this scholarship will benefit the student to defray expenses or help with academic debt.
  3. Include in the Letter to the Scholarship and Awards Committee a biographical sketch and statement of personal goals. Please include the following statement: "I certify that the information provided above is complete and accurate." and electronically or in your own hand - sign this statement. Please include a CV.
  4. One letter of reference from medical school faculty or academic mentor with whom the applicant has worked closely in a professional, academic, or volunteer environment. Any questions can be submitted to: Susan Frazier at sfrazier@mms.org or Waqaas Bhutta at wbhutta@mms.org.

District News

Natalie Nanez

The Norfolk District Medical Society is pleased to announce Natalie Nanez as the recipient of the 2021 Scholarship Award. Natalie is currently enrolled at Boston University School of Medicine and is expected to graduate in 2024.


The Norfolk District Medical Society Lifetime Achievement Award 2021

A Lifetime Achievement Award was created by the Norfolk District Medical Society executive committee in 2021 to honor members in the district who have had a consistent and lifelong commitment to the betterment of health care in the community over many years; this is to recognize a physicians who has provided excellence in more than one area of medicine – clinical medicine, research, publications, public health, the medical society, volunteerism in the community, community leadership, or advocacy in the physician community; this individual has accomplishments that consistently exceed the Community Clinician of the Year Award.

Barbara Rockett, MD, is the first recipient of the NDMS Lifetime Achievement Award.

Barbara RockettDr. Barbara Rockett was a General Surgery Specialist in Newton, MA, with 64 years of experience in medicine, and died recently at the age of 89. “My mother always was of service. It was her driving force,” said her daughter Julie of Charlestown. Dr. Rockett was graduate of Wellesley College, she graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine medical school in 1957. Dr. Rockett completed a residency training at Boston City Hospital and Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Rockett is a member of the American Society of General Surgeons. She has been affiliated with Newton-Wellesley Hospital since 1966.

This award would be the latest honor in a long list of awards that Rockett has received throughout her distinguished medical career. She has been previously honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society’s with its own Lifetime Achievement Award, its Distinguished Service Award, the Grant V. Rodkey Award for teaching excellence and the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Leadership.

Rockett is a former 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 has been a member of the Committees on Legislation, Professional Liability, and Student Health and Sports Medicines and a director of the Massachusetts Medical Benevolent Society and the Charitable and Educational Fund.

Also active on the national level, Rockett has held a variety of leadership roles with the American Medical Association. She has served as chairwoman of its Council on Legislation and as president of the AMA Foundation, among other positions, and is currently the chairwoman of the Massachusetts Delegation to the AMA. She has been active in Norfolk District Medical Society executive board as a standing member since she finished her term as president. She has been a courageous advocate for the most vulnerable people in society, an articulate voice for ethical medical care, and a champion who respects the life and dignity of every human being. She humbly lists as her greatest accomplishments the balance of caring for her patients as a physician, with her life as a wife and the mother of five children. She has fostered a love of medicine and humanity in the next generation.

“I tried to be a good wife, a good mother, a good physician, and as a result of it I have had t be very flexible in how I am able to control my life on a daily basis, she told the AMA in 2012 in an interview posted for Women in Medicine month. Speaking of her success in “raising five wonderful children”, while pursuing an expansive medical career, she added” I feel like if I can do something like that and help others who are following in my footsteps, then that’s most important.”


Dr. Carmel Kelly honored as the Norfolk District Medical Society as the 2021 Community Clinician of the Year

Carmel Kelly

Dr. Carmel Kelly, a family medicine physician in Randolph, has been selected by the Norfolk District Medical Society as its 2021 Community Clinician of the Year, an award recognizing her professionalism and contributions as a physician.

Dr. Kelly earned her medical degree from University College in Galway, Ireland and completed her residency in Family Medicine from St Joseph’s Medical Center. Dr. Kelly is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and she is also certified in Geriatric Medicine.

Dr. Kelly is a clinical assistant professor at Tufts Medical School and the medical officer for the Randolph Board of Health.

Dr. Kelly founded and was the Program Director of the HIVE Club in Randolph, an inner-city academic club for grade school students staffed by high school volunteers. Dr. Kelly has also been running a monthly Medical Interest Group for high school students interested in pursuing careers in Medicine for the past 12 years.

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2022 Awards: Call for Nomination

Do you have a colleague who deserves to be nominated for their outstanding work or service to the community? The MMS and its Committee on Recognition Awards are currently seeking nominations for the 2022 Awards. Additional info and applications.

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