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James Lehner, MD


James Lehner is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Dayton Children's Hospital. Dr. Lehner received his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame and his medical degree from Ohio State University. He completed an internship at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, residency programs in both general and orthopaedic surgery at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton and a fellowship in Scoliosis at Kosair Crippled Children's Hospital, Louisville. He served as Chief of Staff at Dayton Children's, has been an attending physician at myelomeningocele clinic, pediatric orthopaedic clinic and the director of spine clinic at Dayton  Children's Hospital since 1979 and the adult orthopaedic spine clinic at Miami Valley Hospital since 1979. He currently serves on the Board of United Rehabilitation Services. Dr. Lehner has been a certified high school track and cross country official since 1985 and has participated in medical mission trips to Bangladesh, St. Lucia, Haiti, Kenya and the Dominican Republic.

education and training

  • medical school: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • residency: Miami Valley Hospital
  • fellowship: Scoliosis, Kosair Crippled Children's Hospital, Louisville, KY
  • board certification: Orthopaedics

awards, honors and organizations

  • Ohio Orthopaedic Society

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

after fracturing my femur at the age of 7, I've had a lifelong desire to help others who are going through what I went through at such a young age.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

I love children and I love Dayton. 

Dayton Children's is special because...

it's the right place for children.

ratings and reviews

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Yes, I just want to say that Dr. Lehner always been good. I've been with him for quite a few years and he's always helped my friends too. I think very highly of it and I give you more than a 10 and if that was possible. And I just wanted to say that again, he's always been great. Thank you.

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Dr. Lehner is one of the best doctors. I know he treats me fairly. I just wish Miami Valley to give him a fair shot at a clinic down at Miami Valley. South Hospital.

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It's clear that Dr. Lehner knows what he's doing and I trust his expertise. However, we had to wait over an hour after our scheduled appointment, which didn't sit well with either of us and it seems like he's kind of biting his time until retirement now. I know he has a spiel down but it seems very wrote. So that could use a little improvement. He is very good with the kids though and you can tell that he does genuinely like them

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Dr Lehner is a very kind man who knows what he is doing. I have a rare bone disease and he knows exactly what needs to be done

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conditions I treat

disk herniation, kyphosis, Spine/scoliosis, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylolysis

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