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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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Time is precious. How will you spend it?
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
At a recent conference, I was given a copy of the book, "The Last Lecture," by Randy Pausch. I was familiar with the story in a general way. At the height of his career as a tenured scientist at a major university, Dr. Pausch was stricken with advanced cancer of the pancreas. His time was limited. The clock was ticking. He delivered his "last lecture" to the academic community, but it soon spread throughout the world via the web.
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I found many powerful lessons in this book, but one especially impressed me: You have only so much time, and you need to decide how best to spend it. When you have a goal — something you need to do — it becomes easier to focus your time and energy. Dr. Pausch also emphasized how important it is to write down your goal. If you don't write it down, it won't get done. And your energy will be wasted on trivial pursuits.
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