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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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By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
I'd like to share an insight from a reader. When we're angry, frustrated or tired, we know it's not a good time to make decisions. We've all heard the advice to "sleep on it" before making a decision. But it's just as important to take time to deliberate when there are strong positive emotions like joy and exuberance.
When you're on a high because of some achievement or recognition, it's easy to get swept away and believe that you're invincible. It's important to let the feelings of euphoria subside and then move forward.
I'm reminded of the following story that was shared with me by a prominent leader from Mayo Clinic. During the Roman Empire when a conquering general was escorted into the city in his chariot, he would be surrounded by cheering and adoring masses. Crouched in the bottom of the chariot, we're told, was a slave whose job it was to remind the hero that his moment of adulation and glory would pass. Likewise, we need to remind ourselves that our moment in the sun is fleeting.blog index