Dr. Ames graduated cum laude from Harvard University where he earned a degree in American History. While at Harvard he played Varsity Lacrosse and was his team's Most Valuable Player during his senior year. After college he worked as a math teacher at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, Colorado, and as a business manager and backcountry guide in Edwards, Colorado. Eventually he returned east to medical school and residency at Dartmouth. In medical school he won the "Freddy Fu Outstanding Medical Student" award. During residency he completed a Masters at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.