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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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Gratitude: Apply liberally for best results
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
On a Friday evening several weeks ago I participated in a retirement ceremony for a beloved colleague. He was a physician to the prince and the pauper. His scientific background and clinical skills were legendary. He was an international expert and the go-to guy for tough cases.
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Of course, there were the usual accolades and tributes, but one comment jumped out at me. His secretaries lauded this accomplished doctor for being one of the first among his colleagues to demonstrate his gratitude for a job well done. Studies show that although a paycheck is important, recognition and appreciation for one's efforts are just as important.
A recent remark about my piano playing brought home to me the importance of gratitude. Let me stress that my piano teacher has urged me to keep my medical license up to date since my musical skills are marginal at best. Yet when a person who had heard me play said, "You know you're not too bad," I felt profoundly gratified and that maybe I was making progress.
So an important lesson: Everyone needs to feel appreciated and encouraged. Don't pass up a chance to voice your gratitude for a job well done. Sure, this isn't brain surgery but just some common sense advice to make this sometimes cold and cruel world a little softer and a little kinder.blog index