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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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Nov. 11, 2010
When is a promotion a bad move?
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
One of my patients, a gentleman in his late 40s, returned for a routine cancer checkup. Fortunately, all was well from that perspective. However, he was clearly suffering from work-related stress. His blood pressure was sky high, so there was a very real risk of stroke or heart attack. His blood sugar was off the charts, and I was concerned about diabetes and its complications.
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I started to probe what could be causing such stress. This gentleman had been a counselor for high-risk teenagers and had helped many teens straighten out their lives and become productive members of the community. In recognition of his success, he was appointed to a post overseeing dozens of agencies with hundreds of employees and a seven-figure budget.
With evident regret, this gentleman shared with me that accepting the promotion had been a major mistake. He didn't have the skill set or training to succeed in the position. Nor were his exceptional one-on-one skills valued in his new role.
There are lots of lessons here, but this is the one that struck me: Be careful what you wish for because you may get it. Better to play to your strengths and refine your gifts, and let the rest take care of itself.
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