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Donald L. Helman, MD

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My specialty:
Pulmonology

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English

My gender: Male

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About me

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.

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Medical groups & plans

Hawaii Permanente Medical Group

Pulmonary Department name
3288 Moanalua Road, Honolulu, HI 96819
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Contact information

  • 24-hour pharmacy
  • 808-643-7979
  • 24-hour prescription refill
  • 808-643-7979
  • 24/7 Advice (Hawaii Island)
  • 808-334-4400
  • 24/7 Advice (Kauai)
  • 808-246-5600
  • 24/7 Advice (Maui)
  • 808-243-6000
  • 24/7 Advice (Oahu)
  • 808-432-2000
  • Clinic Specialty appointments (Neighbor islands)
  • 1-877-432-8970 (toll free)
  • Clinic Specialty appointments (Oahu)
  • 808-432-8000
  • Clinic appointment cancellation
  • 808-432-7800
  • General information
  • 808-432-0000
  • Member Services
  • 1-800-966-5955 (toll free)
  • Same Day Surgery
  • 808-432-8490

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My training, certifications & licensing

Medical school

Uniformed Services University of the Health Scienc
Bethesda , MD

Board certification

Pulmonary Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine

Critical Care Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine

To verify board certification for an individual practitioner, please visit the American Board of Medical SpecialtiesExternal Link, the American Medical AssociationExternal Link, or the American Osteopathic AssociationExternal Link websites.

Medical training

Internship

Internal Medicine

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Bethesda , MD

Residency

Internal Medicine

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Bethesda , MD

Fellowship

Pulmonary and Critical Care

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Bethesda , MD

Joined Permanente Medical Group

2013

Provider ID

13599
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My hospitals

I have admitting privileges at the following hospitals:


3288 Moanalua Road, Honolulu, HI 96819

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This page was last updated on:

11/21/2018