Massachusetts Medical Society: Norfolk District Medical Society

Norfolk District Medical Society

Norfolk District Medical Society Officers 2024-2025

President: Hemant Hora, MD
Vice President: Saraswathi Muppana, MD
Secretary/Treasurer: Nicole Mushero, MD

Contact Information

Norfolk District Medical Society
Northeast Regional Office (NERO)
Mailing Address: 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA  02451-1411
Telephone Number: 781-434-7211; 800-944-5562
District Event/Activity Contact: Waqaas Bhutta     

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.


  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. 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 or Waqaas Bhutta at
  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 or Waqaas Bhutta at

District News

Norfolk District Medical Society held its Annual Meeting on April 11 at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse – Chestnut Hill

2024 Norfolk District Medical Society Annual Meeting
Photo 1: Sean E. Rockett, MD, accepts the Norfolk District's Lifetime Achievement Award from Shakti Sabharwal, MD (President, Norfolk District), on behalf of his father Francis X. Rockett, MD; Photo 2: Hemant Hora, MD (Vice President, Norfolk District) with 2024 Scholarship Recipient, Nicole Loranger (UMass Chan Medical School, Class of 2025)

Dr. Nicole Mushero honored by Norfolk District Medical Society as 2024 Community Clinician of the Year


Dr. Nicole Mushero, a geriatrician, has been selected as the Norfolk District Medical Society’s 2024 Community Clinician of the Year, an award recognizing their professionalism and contributions as a physician.

Dr. Mushero received a PhD in biochemistry at Brandeis University before attending UMass for Medical School. Dr. Mushero then went to Cambridge Health Alliance for her residency and fellowship before joining Boston Medical Center and serving as a nursing home physician. Dr. Mushero also holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Mushero is a passionate educator with extensive experience in developing curricula and providing services to some of the most vulnerable older adult populations such as incarcerated older adults. Dr. Mushero is dedicated to LGBTQ matters and has served in various leadership roles in MMS such as Vice Chair of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Matters. She is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Legislation.

Dr. Mushero has several publications in peer reviewed journals and is the recipient of prestigious awards including the 2015 Massachusetts Medical Society ‘Scholars Award’. This is an award that is given annually to four fourth-year Medical Students from each of the Massachusetts Medical Schools, who demonstrate excellent academic performance, community involvement and financial need. Dr. Mushero is also the recipient of the Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA).

Dr. Francis X. Rockett honored by Norfolk District Medical Society with the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Francis Xavier Rockett has made lasting contributions to the practice of medicine and service to the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dr. Rockett has dedicated his life to the practice of medicine since 1957 when he graduated from Harvard Medical School with his Doctor of Medicine degree. He cared immensely about health care delivery, patient care, education, and administration. Dr. Rockett has made a remarkable demonstration of compassion and dedication to the medical needs of patients and community and has made significant contributions to the goals of the Society through demonstrated leadership, member recruitment, committee work, endeavors; demonstrated outstanding contributions in organized medicine locally and nationally and has demonstrated commitment and leadership in promoting the value and impact of organized medicine focused on the betterment of patient care and improvement to the overall practice of medicine.

Dr. Rockett has had academic appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. He also served as Chief of Neurosurgery at Newton Wellesley Hospital from 1968 – 1998.

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.

Dr. Rockett served as the President of Norfolk District from 1993-1995. Recognizing his dedication and leadership he was elected as Vice President, MMS in 1999, and he went on to serve as MMS President-Elect in 2000 and then as MMS President in 2001.

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