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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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How do you react when life isn't fair?
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
We all know that life isn't fair and that the good guys don't always win.
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We saw this play out recently in the horse racing world. A horse called "Lookin at Lucky" was the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. The jockey was an experienced rider called Garrett Gomez. The horse drew the first post position, which meant that he was on the rail — not a good place to be. The horse got pinched on the rail and lost the race. Gomez was removed as the jockey and a new rider, Mike Garcia, took the reins.
How did Gomez handle this situation? He wasn't treated fairly. Losing the Kentucky Derby wasn't his fault. He would've been justified in complaining about how he was treated. Instead, he acknowledged that this is the nature of the game. He dusted himself off and got back on the (next) horse.
Each of us has opportunities and obstacles in life. We can complain or we can step up. We can learn from adversity, if we choose, and those are often the most valuable lessons.
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