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James B. Ames, Orthopaedics provider.

James B. Ames, MD, MS



I joined the Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock because I wanted to work with people and have a meaningful impact in their lives. I enjoy orthopaedic sports medicine because it allows me to help restore my patients' function after an injury.

Getting my patients back to their active lifestyle is the number one goal for myself and my team, no matter the patient’s age or ability level. We aim to connect our patients with the best providers and resources, here at Dartmouth Hitchcock and close to home, to restore them to their pre-injury level of function so they can get back to their favorite activities.

A vital part of reaching this goal is getting everyone together and on the same page. This includes in-depth conversations with the patient to explain their condition, answer their questions and follow up with after treatment. It also includes speaking with local physical therapists or talking with athletic trainers about a young athlete’s recovery and rehabilitation.

The most rewarding part of my work is when the whole team comes together to help our patients. In or out of the operating room, working with our team of schedulers, physical therapists, athletic trainers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and others is key to helping a procedure and recovery go seamlessly for the patient.

I also enjoy being a member of the US Ski and Snowboard physician pool.

Where to find me

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

1 Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756



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Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital

10 Alice Peck Day Drive
Lebanon, New Hampshire 03766


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About me

James B. Ames, MD, MS

  • Section Chief, Orthopaedics
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth


  • 2011

Areas of focus

  • Meniscal injuries
  • Advanced hip arthroscopy with labral repair
  • Multi-ligamentous knee injuries (ACL / PCL / MCL / LCL)
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Sports injuries of the shoulder
  • Sports injuries of the knee
  • Shoulder instability
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Geisel School of Medicine profile


  • English


Medical School

  • MD, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH, 2004


  • MS, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, Lebanon, NH, 2008


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, 2010


  • Sports Medicine, Steadman Clinic, Vail, CO, 2011

Board Certification

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery