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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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With a little help from our friends
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
I had dinner with friends on Saturday, including a close friend whom I had not seen in some time. He told a complicated medical story. Every several months, he would miss a few days of work with a nagging upper respiratory infection. He wasn't sleeping. He wasn't exercising and had gained weight, and that resulted in some major changes in his thyroid medication. He felt miserable, especially on Sundays when he thought about returning to work on Monday. He was worried and puzzled by his declining health.
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Some background — ten years ago my friend landed his dream job. He became the certified public accountant for a small manufacturing company making high-end countertops that could easily be sterilized. The market initially was kitchens and restaurants, but the product also took off among dental, medical and veterinary offices because it was easy to clean and keep germ-free. The company's yearly revenue jumped from $6 to $24 million, and yet my friend was given no help. The situation became more complicated when the company opened two additional plants in different states. My friend had to learn a bewildering number of regulatory, compliance and revenue issues.
As we talked, the connection between my friend's symptoms and his work situation became clear. We brainstormed some options and how he might discuss them with senior management. Until we talked, my friend hadn't recognized that his illnesses were connected to stress at work. Nor did he realize that his weight gain was related to stress.
A pleasant dinner with friends provided an important reminder for me of why it's so important to have a support network. We all need people who care about us and can help us get back on track when we've lost our way.blog index