Steven Kamara, MD
Primary Care Physician located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA
As a specialist in primary care, Dr. Kamara is well equipped to deal with the diverse challenges of COPD. Along with running his practice, Dr. Kamara serves as the Medical Director of various nursing facilities where he treats many people suffering from chronic respiratory conditions.
COPD Treatment Q & A
What is COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an umbrella term for a group of conditions that make it difficult to breathe. Included in this group is:
- Emphysema – a disease that destroys the small air sacs in the lungs
- Chronic bronchitis – inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes - the tubes that air passes in and out of when you breathe
Is there a cure for COPD?
COPD means the lungs have permanent damage. The doctor will look for ways to manage the symptoms of the illness to improve how you breathe and prevent further damage from occurring.
Smoking is the primary culprit in COPD. A lesser known risk factor is alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency. Alpha-1-antitrypsin, or AAt, is a naturally occurring protease inhibitor that helps protect the lungs from damage.
What are the treatment options?
COPD treatments cater to the specific needs of the patient based on the extent and type of damage in the lungs. The most important thing a person with COPD can do is to quit smoking. The doctor can offer smoking cessation tools to improve the odds of quitting successfully. In addition, the doctor will treat illnesses that aggravate COPD such as respiratory infections.
Breathing management is another top priority for COPD services. The doctor may prescribe breathing treatments that help lung functioning.
- Bronchodilators – Open up the bronchial tubes to improve air flow in and out of the lungs
- Inhaled steroids – Reduces tissue swelling and helps prevent exacerbation of the condition
- Phosphodieserase - 4 inhibitors - A new treatment for COPD that help relax the airway
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept major PPO plans including Blue Shield, Blue Cross and CIGNA as well as United Healthcare and Medicare fees for service only. We also offer affordable options for those without insurance or for those with high deductibles required with their insurance plans. We are not on network with any HMO plans or medi-cal. Below is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office with any questions.
Words from our patients
"The doc and the office staff are friendly and professional and the place has a comfortable vibe. I am happy to have found an office I like so close to home."
"Very knowledgeable and caring doctor. Nice staff. I would highly recommend to my family and friends."
"SO caring, kind, loving, selfless, educated, thorough, simply the best. Saved my dads life - forever thankful."
"Dr. Kamara has been our family's Medical Doctor for close to 20 years and we are very pleased with his expertise and knowledge."
"Dr. Kamara is a very attentive concerned doctor. He listens well and has excellent bedside manner."
"Dr. Kamara is very professional yet personal in his manner. I appreciate his follow through very much."
"Great physician. Very knowledgeable. Wonderful all around! And Bea is a fantastic front office person."
"What I like about Dr. Kamara is that he comes into the room and sit down and actually listens to my concerns. It's hard to find a doctor that still does this."
"A compassionate physician. Recommended if you need a primary care doctor. Affiliated with Cedars Sinai."
"His overwhelming warmth, caring and dedication far surpasses any medical provider(s) I've ever had in 66 years. It goes without saying Dr. Kamara is amongst the finest!
"I will always be grateful for the excellent care they provided, and felt honored to have been under their excellent care.
"I was extremely fortunate to have two excellent medical professionals treat my medical disorder. Both are very high acclaimed in the medical community."
"Awesome and very understanding, addressed my condition in a timely manner and got me the meds I needed that day."
"Dr. Kamara is a great doctor, he always listens to what I have to say the entire staff is just awesome!!! Have and will recommend him to friends & family!"
"I love Dr.Kamara! He is always there for me, always professional, knowledgeable. As soon as he enters the office, or the hospital room I am in, I feel better!"