Donald L. Helman, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I was born in Virginia and grew up in the D.C. area, the Chicago suburbs, and Tampa, Florida. I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida State University, and graduated with a medical degree from the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. I did my internship and residency in internal medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the National Capital Consortium.
I’m a fellow of both the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Physicians, and I’m board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. A combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, I’m now retired from the U.S. Army. My family and I came to Hawaii while I was on active duty, and we fell in love with the islands. Of all my life’s accomplishments, I value most my roles as husband and father.
About my practice
Practicing medicine is somewhat like being Sherlock Holmes. The physician gathers information, deciphers clues, and solves the mystery. I enjoy challenging cases. Some of my professional interests are lung cancer, interstitial lung disease, pleural disease, advanced diagnostic procedures, and medical education.
In my community, I’m involved with Legacy of Life Hawaii and the American Lung Association. I serve as a clinical associate professor at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine and associate professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine. Awards I’ve received include HONOLULU Magazine’s “Top Doctors” recognition, an American College of Physicians LEAD award, Internal Medicine Residency Teacher of the Year, and a U.S. Army Bronze Star. I’m also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
I’ve given numerous talks at professional meetings including those hosted by the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. My research findings on pulmonary hypertension, ventilator-associated pneumonia, pulmonary fibrosis, lung transplant, and bleeding in the lungs during pregnancy have been published in various medical journals.
To keep up with the latest developments in medicine, I try to learn something new each day, especially about the patients I’ve just seen. I read multiple professional journals, and I attend scientific meetings.
I was looking for a care delivery system that emphasized patient wellness, and the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group embodies this approach.
I strive to provide compassionate, personalized, up-to-date care in an atmosphere of mutual trust. It’s very rewarding to work in partnership with my patients and their families during difficult times in their lives.
How I thrive
When I’m away from work, I unwind by spending time with family, playing sports with my sons, and traveling. I also enjoy reading and cooking.