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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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Don't be afraid to ask for help
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
I received a phone call late at night several months ago from a respected and beloved colleague. This gentleman is someone others often turn to for help and guidance.
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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
The phone call was to seek medical help for a family member. But it was also a chance for my colleague to explain that he was in a long-term psychiatric hospital being treated for depression, anxiety, insomnia and chemical dependency.
My colleague had suffered a number of major disappointments within a short time and wasn't able to bounce back. In poor health, he was simply unable to marshal that inner strength to deal with the setbacks.
This gentleman shared with me that at first he hadn't realized the depth of his challenges but that it eventually became clear to him that he couldn't go it alone. He was optimistic that with professional help and guidance he would be back to his previous level of functioning.
So this is a powerful wake-up call for us. If we continue to push the envelope, if we continue to burn the candle on both ends and if we insist on soldiering on alone, the consequences may be serious, even life-threatening, for us and our loved ones.blog index