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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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Reaching for the stars
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
A rugby player in South Africa and a professional basketball player in Los Angeles, both superstars, were both interviewed as they came back from a series of injuries. The rugby player had a serious knee injury and an ankle fracture. The basketball player was coming off a shoulder and an elbow injury.
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Each interviewer asked the athlete, "So are you now 100 percent?"
Each athlete, in his own way, had the same response: At no time is any athlete at 100 percent. There's always a nagging injury, an ache that doesn't quite go away and a gnawing fatigue that erodes the spirit.
The same is true in everyday life. We're always reaching for 100 percent happiness and fulfillment. But the reality is that life is not perfect. We won't achieve perfect peace or perfect harmony in our lifetime. Yet we keep reaching, and it's the journey that sustains us, not our final destination.blog index