Brent L Lechner


Colonel, Army

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Course Director,​ Kidney Anatomy, Function, and Structure
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Pediatric Nephrology
Pediatric Nephrology
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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
B.S. USMA at West Point (Civil Engineering)


Colonel Brent Lee Lechner is a pediatric nephrologist who has served as Chief of Pediatric Nephrology Division at WRNMMC for the past 13 years. In 2011, Colonel Brent Lechner transferred to USUHS and now serves as Course Director for the Renal Portion of the Cardiopulmonary Renal Module in addition to his position as Chief of Pediatric Nephrology. Colonel Lechner earned his undergraduate baccalaureate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1993 with civil engineering and life science majors. Following graduation, he matriculated at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine on a Health Professions Scholarship, graduating in 1997. After graduation, in June 1997, Colonel Lechner and his wife, Nicole, were married in El Paso, TX. Colonel Lechner completed a transitional internship at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX. He then completed a three year pediatric residency in San Antonio, TX at Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center. After residency, Colonel Lechner graduated from a three year Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship at Yale Children’s Hospital in New Haven, CT. He then immediately was assigned to Walter Reed.

From Walter Reed, Colonel Lechner deployed twice to Iraq with an infantry unit in 2004 and cavalry squadron in 2008. In his 2004 deployment, he played a crucial role in Operation Phantom Fury in a major offensive in Fallujah, Iraq. In his 2008 deployment, he was integral to training and teaching medicine to local physicians, health care providers and midwives in Iraq in conjunction with the mission of Special Operations A team.

Colonel Lechner holds the academic rank of Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University and has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as chapters in nephrology book. He is often an invited speaker at local and national seminars. Colonel Lechner is an integral part of development of renal curriculum at USUHS medical school and performs an extensive teaching role in the Renal portion of Cardiopulmonary Renal Module. Colonel Lechner holds the Army Medical Department’s “A” proficiency designator for clinical excellence. He has received numerous military commendations, to include Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Army Achievement Medal. Colonel Lechner is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics Nephrology.

Colonel Lechner and his wife, Nicole, are proud parents of Steele Lechner, a three sport athlete and student at St. Peter’s School in Olney, MD.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

2017 Master Clinician Award Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

2017 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Gold Foundation Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

2016 Exceptional Attending Award Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

2015 F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine Impact Award Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

2015 Exceptional Attending Clinical Clerkship Award Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

2014 Pre-clinical Best Lecturer Award Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

2014 The Surgeon General's "A" Proficiency Designator ; 2003 Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, New Haven, CT

2013 Patient and Family Centered Care Award Pediatrics Subspecialty Medical Home Implementation Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

2010 Pediatric Faculty Teaching Award, Academic Year 2009 – 2010 Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA; 2005 Outstanding Pediatric Teaching Award, Academic Year 2004 – 2005 Department of Pediatrics, WRNMMC, Bethesda, MD

2005, 2009 USUHS Outstanding Pediatric Faculty Teaching Award Academic Years 2004 – 2005; 2008 – 2009 (2-time recipient); 2005 AOA Seventh Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award Gamma Chapter of Maryland

Representative Bibliography

1. Stark, C. M., Nylund, C. M., Gorman, G. H., & Lechner, B. L. (2016). Primary renal magnesium wasting: An unusual clinical picture of exercise-induced gastrointestinal symptoms. Physiologic Reports, 4(8), 370-383.

2. Hurst, F., Jindal, R., Fletcher, J., Dharnidharka, V., Gorman, G., Lechner, B., Nee, R., Agodoa, L. Y., & Abbott, K.C. (2011). Incidence, predictors and associated outcomes in renal cell carcinoma in long-term dialysis patients. Urology, 77(6), 1271-1276.

3. Sloop, J., Lechner, B., Washington, G., Bumgardner, C., Loehle, W., & Creasy, W. (2008). Pyrazole formation: examination of kinetics, substituent effects, and mechanistic pathways. International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, 40(7), 370-383.

4. Lechner, B., Pascual-y-Baralt, J., & Roscelli, J. (2005). Failure of fenaldopam to control severe hypertension secondary to renal graft rejection in a pediatric patient. Military Medicine, 170(2), 130-132.

5. Lechner, B., Bockenhauer, D., Iragorri, S., Kennedy, T., & Siegel, N. (2004). The risk of cardiovascular disease in adults who have had childhood nephrotic syndrome. Pediatric Nephrology, 19(7), 744-748.

6. Lechner, B., Baker, J., Chastain, D., Cuda, S., & Lynch, J. (2002). The prevalence of asymptomatic Chlamydia trachomatis in military dependent adolescents. Military Medicine, 167(7), 600-601.

7. Lechner, B. (2011). Nephrology. Chapter 33 In Pediatric Surgery and Medicine for Hostile Environments. Fuenfer, Creamer eds. CreateSpace Independent Publishing.

8. Lechner, B., & Siegel N. (2004). Minimal Change Nephrotic Syndrome. Chapter 17, In Primer on Kidney Disease. National Kidney Foundation Academic Press.

9. Sullivan, M., Gorman, G., Lechner, B., & Hisle-Gorman, E. (2014). The impact of ADHD on lower urinary pathology in children. USUHS Research Days, Bethesda, MD (Poster presentation).

10. Gorman, G., McDonnell, J., Lechner, B., Nee, R., Agodoa, L., & Abbott, K. (2013). Family income and the risk of rejection, graft loss, and death of pediatric renal transplant recipients. ASN Kidney Week, Atlanta, GA (Poster presentation).