Edward Creagan, MD

His message of mindfulness, hope and wellness has been honed by a career of deeply altruistic and patient centered care. The public was blown away by his message, his delivery, his humor and his heart.

– Living Beyond Cancer, Public Event

About Keynote Speaker Edward Creagan

Edward T. Creagan, MD, FAAHPM, is a medical oncologist and hospice and palliative care specialist who practiced at the Mayo Clinic for more than forty Minnesota winters until his retirement from active medical practice in late 2018. He is professor emeritus of medical oncology at the Mayo Clinic Medical School where he held the endowed chair as the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine, and he is now Emeritus Professor of Humanism in Medicine and an Emeritus Consultant in Palliative Medicine there. He was named Outstanding Educator from the Mayo Clinic School of Continuing Medical Education and has received the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award—Mayo Clinic’s highest honor. He completed an elected term as President of the Mayo Staff.

Speech Topics

HEALTHCARE IN THE U.S. - PREPARING FOR 2019 AND BEYOND

Listening to media coverage about the US health care system, it can seem impossible to get a real handle on what’s going on. Moreover, understanding what the future holds for health care reform, and how it will affect people, businesses, and the country doesn’t appear possible. Contrary to what many say, there are a number of replacement plans for the ACA that have Republican support. The problem is that these plans differ on critical issues, and resolving them may be difficult. This year may be the most critical since the law was first past. Dr. Carroll, a leading expert on health care reform, uses publicly available data and unbiased research to cut through the rhetoric and clearly explain potential changes, including:

  • Will the ACA be repealed? How might that happen? What about Repeal and Replace? Repeal and Delay? What’s going on right now, and what’s likely to happen next.
  • Medicaid: Will the expansion be repealed? Will Medicaid be reformed to a block grant program? What will happen in different states? What will it mean for individuals? For physicians? For hospitals? For the health care industry? Where are things moving?
  • Health Insurance Exchanges: Will these disappear? Will insurance companies continue to offer products? What will changes mean for businesses? For individuals?
  • New Regulations: The ACA brought with it new taxes, new fees, and new rules. How might plans for reform affect these? How will they affect your industry?

Dr. Carroll offers a Q/A, following this keynote, providing a lively discussion for attendees.

Live Long Enough to Cash in Your 401(k)

This Mayo Clinic physician/author of the book How Not to Be My Patient brings a message of health and wellness to his often humorous talks, each one tailored for the specific audience. Edward Creagan (known as “Dr. Ed”) speaks with authority, passion, and a view from inside the exam room, so participants learn to talk so their doctors will listen. This talk is recommended for a company’s wellness day or a conference for colleagues who work in the health field.

 He confides in groups about what doctors didn’t learn in medical school, and he lists his 8 commandments for healthy living—so attendees really will live long enough retire with plenty of vibrant living left. As a cancer specialist who has had over 40,000 patient encounters at one of the nation’s premier medical institutions, the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Ed is like the kindly Marcus Welby who made house calls. In a changing medical care system that is miserably broken, he empowers patients to be their own quarterback because, then, he knows we can all thrive and survive any diagnosis.

[A variation of this talk would take a more focused approach to dealing with cancer survivorship with messages about taking charge of medical care, making the best decisions in the face of dread disease, and putting yourself in a position to survive any diagnosis. He discusses the best choices in alternative care, why patients need advocates at all times, understanding the diagnosis and asking the right questions, and preparing for whatever comes next in terms of advance directives and healthcare surrogates. He also addresses the trials and tribulations of the caregivers for loved ones with cancer: their special health risks.]

Farewell: Vital End-of-Life Questions with Candid Answers

“I have dedicated my life to death,” says Dr. Edward Creagan. As the first board-certified palliative and hospice physician at the esteemed Mayo Clinic, “Dr. Ed” has been present at the bedside for more than 40,000 patient encounters. Patients and their families ask poignant questions and deserve candid answers, which is why he wrote a book entitled Farewell.

In his talks to hospice and patient/family caregiver groups, as fundraisers for hospice programs, and for healthcare providers who work with patients at the end of their lives, he examines death from an acutely emotional perspective as events beyond our control unfold. He answers the questions most asked, such as what is death, how long will I live, should we turn off life-support systems, should we begin them in the first place, what if family members can’t agree on care, and other profoundly painful questions asked when someone is facing the last moments of life.

Going the Distance

In an increasingly confusing sick medical care system, sometimes the victims are the healthcare providers themselves. Institutions are experiencing record numbers of burnout among staff and tragic suicides. Dr. Edward Creagan of Mayo Clinic knows how the system contributes to stress and burnout with the pressure to see more patients, to navigate a perplexing EHR, to be caring and healing with too many outside pressures to perform.

Dr. Creagan addresses healthcare teams across the country with a message of hope and help and understanding and with practical tips to make life-affirming healthcare decisions for themselves—so healthcare teams can provide the caring and healing in their chosen professions.

The Incredible Healing Power of Pets

No one doubts the healing power in a beloved dog or cat. That animal/human bond has been forged forever, and almost miraculous healing can be found as our furry friends become part of the healthcare prescription. The aging with Alzheimer’s often speak only to animals. Petting a pet can lower blood pressure. Children learn by reading to dogs in the classroom. Pain is lessened if a four-legged “doctor” is nearby.

 Dr. Creagan, a palliative and hospice specialist and cancer doctor at the Mayo Clinic, has often prescribed pets for his patients. His loving message comes from the heart of a doctor who has a houseful of rescue animals (and one wife). His talk is ideal for fundraisers for humane societies and animal rescue groups.

Speakers Videos

Dr. Ed on Living With Cancer

Dr. Ed on Depression & Stress

Dr. Ed on Burnout

Dr. Ed on Animals and Healing

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