Meet Dr. Zachary Keenum

Dr. Keenum consulting with a patient

Zachary Keenum, MD is skilled in many things — painting, music, science, inventing — but there’s one place where all of his interests intersect. Oculoplastic surgery combines his love for artistry, his ability to craft solutions, and his attraction to science, research, and emerging technologies.

Being an oculoplastic surgeon has the added benefit of being able to care for patients, something that’s also important to Dr. Keenum. “Being a doctor is first and foremost a service profession. We’re taking care of people who trust us with their well-being, which is a huge privilege, and I do my best to honor that trust.”

Dr. Keenum is an expert in oculoplastics, a specialized area of ophthalmology that focuses on the eyelids and the structures surrounding the eye, including problems of the lacrimal (tear) system and the orbit, the region surrounding the eyeball.

Dr. Keenum’s path to Vance Thompson Vision began when he earned his undergraduate degree from Auburn University in Alabama and his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Of the nation’s top 20 ophthalmology students, Dr. Keenum was ranked #1 by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s Oculoplastics Program (ASPORS). This prestigious distinction allowed him to select where he’d complete his residency. He chose UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas, the top program in the country, and while there, he designed a surgical instrument that’s regularly used for ptosis cases. (Ptosis occurs when the upper eyelid droops and restricts vision.)

Dr. Keenum is so enthusiastic about oculoplastics and what its procedures can do for patients that he regularly films and distributes videos to educate current and future ophthalmologists about surgical techniques, eye conditions, and emerging technology.

“I have loved science and inventing since I was six years old. Becoming a doctor has given me the chance to pursue those passions and continue to innovate in my field, which I love.”

Outside of his ophthalmic interests, Zac enjoys painting abstract art and playing classical guitar, but most of all, he loves to spend time with his wife, Rebecca, who is an allergist and immunologist.