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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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No waiting to see the surgeon. Everyone took as much time with me as I needed. Thank you

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The problem I have lies within scheduling. I've been to that facility twice and both times I were told I did not have an appointment that I had canceled it. I assured them I did not I even showed them where they confirm my appointment on my phone and I demanded to be seen I drive quite a ways to get there and I was livid so I don't know what the problem is there with schedule??

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I felt completely safe and like a person and not just a number. Everyone was so kind and understanding

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Dr. Lehner is amazing. He's a second child I've had taken him to him and while he's conservative, which I very much appreciate, he has no problem with moving aggressively if things change.

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conditions I treat

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

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