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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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Real-life role models
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Despite the glamour of the World Cup and the excitement of the professional basketball and hockey playoffs, baseball remains America's pastime. It's a game that links generations.
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The pinnacle of a pitcher's career is the "perfect game" — when not one batter reaches base. It's a once-in-a-lifetime achievement and immortalizes the pitcher's career. It can also mean financial rewards, if the player has a performance clause in his contract.
Earlier this season, a young pitcher was moments away from achieving a perfect game. On a routine play, a batter from the opposing team was ruled "safe" and awarded a base hit, thus robbing the young pitcher of a perfect game. The umpire, an experienced veteran with impeccable credentials, made a bad call. Replay confirmed the umpire's mistake.
The umpire was devastated. The young pitcher was devastated. The pitcher's manager was devastated. A firestorm of controversy ignited.
And yet the next day, the pitcher, the umpire and the manager stood side by side at home plate in a gesture of reconciliation and forgiveness. The umpire publicly admitted that he'd made a mistake and had taken away a moment of glory for the young pitcher. The young baseball player graciously accepted the apology. The hometown fans — most of them anyway — responded with warm applause for the umpire.
The situation was unfortunate, but the response was instructive. The umpire demonstrated how important it is to admit when you've made a mistake and to apologize to those who've been harmed. In turn, the pitcher and the manager modeled forgiveness. These gentlemen are real-life role models for today's sports fans, young and old.blog index