Dr. Kris Lehnhardt is the Element Scientist for Exploration Medical Capability in the NASA Human Research Program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, USA.
Kris is a board-certified Emergency Physician with expertise in extreme environmental medicine, which includes elements of aerospace medicine, diving medicine, and wilderness medicine. He has trained with Flight Surgeons from the Canadian Space Agency, NASA, and the Canadian Armed Forces and is a graduate of the International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Program, where he now teaches as an Adjunct Professor in the Human Performance in Space department. After completing his emergency medicine residency in Canada, Kris moved to Washington, DC where he was an Attending Physician and Assistant Professor at George Washington University (GWU). At GWU, he created the Introduction to Human Health in Space graduate course and the Fellowship in Extreme Environmental Medicine. Now in Houston, Kris has a Senior Faculty appointment in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Center for Space Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he works clinically in the Ben Taub Hospital Emergency Department.
In addition, Kris is a medical specialist reservist in the Royal Canadian Air Force, a private pilot, and an advanced open water SCUBA diver.