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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.read biographyclose window
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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Are you living in the moment?
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
You've read about the importance of living in the moment. You understand that the quality of your life depends on the choices you make and how you respond to life's challenges. But are you living your life that way? Or are you being held back by the past?
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Let me start with the issue of forgiveness. The fact that so many people have posted comments on this topic shows how pervasive and complicated it is. It's clear that if you don't forgive that person who injured you or your family, that person will burrow a hole in your soul. Obviously, that's not healthy.
However, without some sort of spiritual energy or peace or karma, it is very difficult to close that chapter and move on without feelings of bitterness and resentment. Of course, time does help, and the input of professionals. I'd like to hear from you if you've been able to extend that olive branch and offer forgiveness.
Another recurring challenge is the issue of multitasking. This was brought home to me recently when I participated in a wonderful conference addressing leaders of industry, education and local government. Almost all of the attendees have advanced degrees and are major players in their professions. As the session began, I noticed that nearly everyone in the room was furiously checking emails or texting, unable to set aside their business concerns even for a morning. As the opening speaker began speaking about stress and burnout, only gradually did they raise their eyes to the podium.
How ironic that these professionals were taking time from their busy lives to learn about stress and burnout and yet didn't have the common sense to turn off their devices of torment. Are we so imprisoned by the technology? Have we lost the ability to focus on what's in front of us? Is multitasking keeping us from being fully present in the moment?blog index