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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Hit the wall? Try refocusing on your goal
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Some of our most important lessons are learned over cups of coffee at the kitchen table rather than in boardrooms or even classrooms.
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Let me explain. One of my colleagues stopped by several nights ago to tell us about running his first marathon. He'd trained diligently and felt psychologically and physically ready to run 26.2 miles. At the halfway mark, he said he felt strong. But he was exhausted as he approached mile 25, at which point he was passed by a 75-year-old gentleman. My colleague's spirit was broken. He walked the last mile and it took him 15 minutes to cover the distance.
So what's the lesson for us? We can't let setbacks jeopardize our focus — because when we're distracted we lose the energy to achieve our goals.
Of course, this applies to running but also to the marathon called life. Are there other lessons that we can learn from my colleague's experience?blog index