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James Lehner, MD

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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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Dr. Lehner is a wonderful wonderful doctor. He's very good doctor.

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Excellent, friendly, good service, good explanation. Appreciate it.

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Dr. Lehner is one of the most trusted surgeons I've met in several years. He's very honest, very dedicated at what he does and if he can't do something he will tell you right away. That's just the way he is. He's a very good professional man that knows his manners and knows how to explain and listen to what you're saying to him when you ask a question. I really appreciate his services. I recommended him to anybody, my family or other people.

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I think that Dr. Lehner did a great job, is a great doctor, felt very safe for the environment and the whole experience was good. Thank you.

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conditions I treat

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

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