Education

EIOH Resident Spotlight - Dr. Rebeca Keegan

May. 7, 2024

Dr. Rebeca Vasconcelos Keegan gained a wide range of experience during her two-year AEGD program and Urgent Care fellowship. She co-authored five publications, and four of her nine poster presentations won awards for being the best. (See below the Q&A for a full listing)

Five dental residents in scrubs pose with their mentor.
Dr. Keegan (left) with her mentor Dr. Rasubala (center) and fellow AEGD residents.

Q: Where are you from?
A: Brazil

Q: In what way did your Eastman experience allow you to grow professionally and/or personally?
A: Overall, I am a superior general dentist in every area. I feel more comfortable performing any procedure compared to three years ago. Eastman is a true gem to grow in experience in dentistry if you are open to it. Personally, I believe that I also developed far more patience and endurance as well. 

Q: Why did you choose Eastman?
A: Eastman was the most highly-recommended program from my colleagues at NYU, where I worked previously. Also, it seemed like a great value compared to other programs. 

Q: Best memory of your EIOH residency?
A: The relationships with classmates, faculty, and staff members- making friendships that will last a lifetime.  Also visiting the Capitol building in Washington D.C with Dr. Rasubala and Dr. Barros as part of advocacy day for oral health resources – these are definitely special memories.

Q: Favorite part of Rochester?
A: Schoen Place by the Erie Canal in Pittsford

Q: Other than dentist, what career would you choose?
A: I always wanted to be a singer or actress, but I am still working on it.

Q: Last time you were in awe?
A: Every day when I see my daughter smiling in the morning. And, the eclipse recently (despite the clouds, it still amazed me).

A man and a woman stand on the beach, and swing a happy little girl into the air between them.
Dr. Keegan with her family at the beach

Q: Your biggest fear?
A: Snakes

Q: The one thing you can’t live without?
A:The faith I have in God.

Q: person who has inspired you?
A: My dad, who was my biggest fan and encourager. I wouldn’t be here without him.

Q: If you could change one thing about yourself?
A: I would take time to slow down more.

Q: One thing few people know about you?
A: I worked as a pet groomer during the time I lived in NYC.

Q: Best advice you ever received?
A: Don’t worry, be happy told by my dad

Q: Favorite place you’ve traveled?
A: Hawaii on my honeymoon

6 people stand in a row in professional attire. A woman near the middle holds a certificate.
Dr. Keegan celebrates with her mentors after successfully completing her Urgent Care Fellowship.

Q: Favorite game to watch or play?
A: Soccer, when Brazil is playing during the World Cup

Q: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
A: Flying

Q: If you could eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: Sushi.

Publications

  1. ABBDALLA-ASLAN, R.; KEEGAN, RV.; ZADIK, Y.; YAROM, N.; ELAD, S. Recent Advances in Cancer Therapy Associated Oral Mucositis. Oral Disease (accepted for publication).
  2. ELAD S, KEEGAN RV, FREGNANI ER, GAVISH L, OTTAVIANI G, ARANY P, ZADIK Y. Immediate pain alleviation in oral mucositis and other oral ulcerative diseases through photobiomodulation therapy: the preemptive treatment concept. Quintessence Int. 2024 Apr 15
  3. XU F.; PUSHALKAR, S.; LIN, Z.; THOMAS, S.C.; PERSAUD, J.K.; SIERRA, M.A.; VARDHAN, M.; VASCONCELOS, R.; AKAPO, A.; GUO, Y.; GORDON, T.; CORBY, P.M.; KAMER, A.R.; LI, X.; SAXENA, D. Electronic cigarette use enriches periodontal pathogens. Mol Oral Microbiol. 2022 Apr
  4. THOMAS, S.C.; XU, F.; PUSHALKAR, S.; LIN, Z.; THAKOR, N.; VARDHAN, M.; FLAMINIO, Z.; KHODADADI-JAMAYRAN, A.; VASCONCELOS, R. et al. Electronic Cigarette Use Promotes a Unique Periodontal Microbiome. mBio. 2022 Feb 22
  5. XU F.; ABOSERIA, E.; JANAL, M.N.; PUSHALKAR, S.; BEDEROFF, M.V.; VASCONCELOS, R. et al. Comparative Effects of E-Cigarette Aerosol on Periodontium of Periodontitis Patients. Front Oral Health. 2021

Presentations

Oral Presentations

  1. KEEGAN, RV.; ELAD, S. Chronic Stomatitis vs Lichen Planus. In: Central Grand Round. US/Canada Oral Medicine Meeting. 2024.
  2. KEEGAN, RV.; ELAD, S. Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy for Oral Mucositis: Various Management Approaches. In: Central Grand Round. US/Canada Oral Medicine Meeting. 2023
  3. CIRLIGEANU R.; KEEGAN, RV,; YANG, R.; MACEDO, H.; MARKONDA, V. Periapical Cyst. From Diagnosis to Management. In: Central Ground Round/General Dentistry, URMC, EIOH, Rochester, NY. 2023.
  4. BARROS, L; KEEGAN, RV; MONROY, D; REN, Y; RASUBALA, L. Pregnant Women in Dental Emergency. In: American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research, URMC, EIOH, Rochester, NY. 2022.

Poster Presentations

  1. KEEGAN, RV.; ELAD, S. Chronic Stomatitis vs Lichen Planus. In: Oral Medicine Conference, Eastman Institute of Oral Health. April, 2024. 
  2. MACEDO, H.; GASSER, I.; KEEGAN, RV.; SHARAFELDIEN K.; TZOUMA, K. Different applications of guided endodontics.  In: AEE Annual Meeting. LA, 2024.
  3. MONROY, D.; KEEGAN, RV. et al. Endodontics management oft he Radix Entomolaris: Report oft wo cases. In: AEE Annual Meeting. LA, 2024.
  4. KEEGAN, RV.; MONROY, D.; MACEDO, H.; BARROS, L.; CORBY, P. Review of Photobiomodulation for Oral Mucositis: A Dose Analysis. In: American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research, URMC, EIOH, Rochester, NY. 2023.
  5. ELBAAGE, N.; KEEGAN, RV.; MONROY, D.; ELAD, S. Systemic Lupus Erythematous with Oral Manifestation: A Case Report. In: Oral Medicine Conference, Eastman Institute of Oral Health. April, 2023.  
  6. BARROS, L., KEEGAN, RV., MONROY, D., MACEDO, H., CORBY, P. Microbial Biomarkers of Oral Mucositis Onset. In: American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research, URMC, EIOH, Rochester, NY. 2023.
  7. MONROY, D.; KEEGAN, RV.; MICHAIL, A.; BARROS, L.; MACEDO, H.; TZOUMA, K. Dens invaginatus type IIIa: Case report. In: AEE Annual Meeting. Chicago, 2023 and American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research, URMC, EIOH, Rochester, NY. 2023.
  8. KEEGAN, RV.; HU, KENNETH, H.; CARROLL, J.; CORBY, P. Dose analysis of photobiomodulation for oral mucositis: a critical review. In: Oral Medicine Conference. EIOH, URMC, Rochester, NY. 2023 (ACKNOWLEGEMENT: BARROS, L., CRUZ, I.; MOTA, H.; VALENTIM, E.).
  9. KEEGAN RV.; VITORIA, L.; MATHIAS, C.; RAMALHO, L. (ACKNOWLEGEMENT: RASUBALA, L.; REN, Y.; BARROS, L.; VALENTIM, E.; COELHO, V.). Clinical and histological evaluation of Photobiomodulation therapy in the treatment of Oral Mucositis in an animal model: A Pilot Study. In: Oral Medicine Conference. EIOH, URMC, Rochester, NY. 2022

Awards

  1. Excellence in Oral Medicine: Oral Medicine Conference. EIOH, URMC, Rochester, NY. 2024
  2. Best poster presentation (Audience choices):  KEEGAN, RV. (presenter); ELAD, S. Chronic Stomatitis vs Lichen Planus. In: Oral Medicine Conference, Eastman Institute of Oral Health. April, 2024
  3. Best poster presentation (Audience and Research choices): KEEGAN, RV. (presenter); HU, KENNETH, H.; CARROLL, J.; CORBY, P. Dose analysis of photobiomodulation for oral mucositis: a critical review. In: Oral Medicine Conference. EIOH, URMC, Rochester, NY. 2023 (ACKNOWLEGEMENT: BARROS, L., CRUZ, I.; MOTA, H.; VALENTIM, E.).
  4. Best poster presentation: MONROY, D. (presenter); KEEGAN, RV.; MICHAIL, A.; BARROS, L.; MACEDO, H.; TZOUMA, K. Dens invaginatus type IIIa: Case report. In: AEE Annual Meeting. Chicago, 2023 and American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research, URMC, EIOH, Rochester, NY. 2023
  5. Best poster presentation (Audience and Research choices): KEEGAN RV. (presenter); VITORIA, L.; MATHIAS, C.; RAMALHO, L. (ACKNOWLEGEMENT: RASUBALA, L.; REN, Y.; BARROS, L.; VALENTIM, E.; COELHO, V.). Clinical and histological evaluation of Photobiomodulation therapy in the treatment of Oral Mucositis in an animal model: A Pilot Study. In: Oral Medicine Conference. EIOH, URMC, Rochester, NY. 2022