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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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- Coping with life's hard knocks
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- Be open to solutions and silver linings
April 17, 2013
- Learned optimism
April 3, 2013
- Recognizing that life is unfair
March 20, 2013
June 11, 2010
Opportunity for greatness is within us all
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Lionel Messi is one of the greatest soccer players on the planet. The eyes of the world will be on him as his team competes for the World Cup. How did this wiry young man come to dominate the sport?
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Was it a random spin of the genetic roulette wheel that endowed him with the gifts of balance, speed and vision? Or is it something more? Why should you care? Let me explain.
We used to believe that our genes determined our future. If you inherited athletic genes, for example, chances were you'd become a sports superstar. On the other hand, if you inherited genes for mental illness, your prospects were gloomy.
A more modern school of thought argues that although we each receive a specific genetic endowment, our environment plays a key role in determining our success. In other words, each of us has an opportunity to excel — if we choose to maximize our potential.
Two recent books, "Talent is Overrated" and "The Genius in All of Us," argue that achieving greatness in any field takes relentless, deliberate practice — and lots of it. The born superstar or child prodigy is a myth.
Sure, some individuals have innate advantages, but at the end of the day it's their dedication that separates them from everyone else.
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- Colvin G. Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. New York, N.Y.: Portfolio, 2010.
- Shenk D. The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong. New York, N.Y.: Doubleday, 2010.