Meet Our Orthopedic Physicians In Fredericksburg and Stafford, Virginia


Dr. Nicholas HardingDr. Nicholas Harding

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon Fellow,
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Dr. Nicholas Harding, a New York native, earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M and subsequently received his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center school of medicine. Dr. Harding did an internship in Greenville, S.C. Dr. Harding completed his Orthopedic residency as chief resident at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. This training was very intense training in Total Joint Arthroplasty, Geriatric and Pediatric Orthopedic surgery. These areas continue to be areas of special interest. Dr. Harding's Fellowship was in Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine. Dr. Harding has over 18 years' experience as an attending Orthopedic Surgeon, including; at a level one teaching trauma center, team doctor for Collage and High School teams, Orthopedic Department Chair and Chair at surgical center. Dr. Harding has published several papers and presented at national orthopedic meetings. He has been recognized as one of America's top Orthopedic Surgeons for over 7 years. Dr. Harding's focus is on complete Orthopedic care with special interests in total joint arthroplasty, geriatric care, pediatric orthopedics, diseases of the shoulder, arthroscopic surgery, fracture care and sports medicine.

On a more personal note, Dr. Harding met his wife, Jennifer, while living in New York City. They are blessed with two lovely girls; Elizabeth Aine and Emily Jane. Free time is spent with the family activities and when time available gardening and wood working. Dr. Harding and his family make frequent day and weekend trips to enjoy the incredible culture and natural beauty of this part of the country.

Dr. John W. YurekDr. John W. Yurek

Dr. John Yurek is a highly skilled and compassionate orthopedic surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive shoulder and knee arthroscopy, shoulder, knee, and hip replacement, and extremity fracture care. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree with honors, graduating in the top 10% of his class from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2017. With a passion for continuous learning and excellence in patient care, Dr. Yurek completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Rutgers Health/Jersey City Medical Center in 2022. He further honed his expertise through an Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Orthopedic Research of Virginia in 2023.

Throughout his training, Dr. Yurek has been actively involved in academic pursuits and has contributed significantly to the field of orthopedic surgery. He has published multiple research papers and book chapters, further demonstrating his commitment to advancing medical knowledge and improving patient outcomes. As a dedicated educator, Dr. Yurek was deeply engaged in teaching medical students and other residents during his orthopedic surgery residency. His passion for mentorship led to his appointment as the chief of education during his fifth year of training. He has been recognized for his outstanding contributions and received an academic achievement award and a role model/teaching award, reflecting his commitment to sharing knowledge and nurturing the next generation of medical professionals.

In his practice, Dr. Yurek prioritizes a patient-centered approach, treating everyone with the same care and attention he would expect for himself. He believes in a holistic view of patient care, understanding that no single treatment fits all cases. Dr. Yurek actively involves patients in their treatment decisions, empowering them to make informed choices regarding their health and well-being.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Yurek maintains a vibrant life with a passion for sports. As a former Division 1 college football player at the University of Connecticut, he can deeply relate to athletes recovering from injuries, striving to return to the sports they love. He enjoys watching and playing various sports, spending quality time with family, traveling, working out, and playing golf.

Dr. John Yurek welcomes patients to his practice, where he combines his exceptional surgical skills with a patient-centered approach to provide the highest level of care, ensuring the best possible outcomes for his patients.

Physician Assistants

Mark FordMark Ford PA-C

Mark Ford specializes in Sports Medicine, Pediatrics, Fracture Care, and General Orthopedics. He completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree at James Madison University,1995 before continuing his training at Wake Forest School of Medicine for his Physician Assistant Degree, 1999. Mark graduated with honors in both programs. He also obtained a Master's Degree at the University of Nebraska, 2001, once again specializing in Physician Assistant Studies. Mark is recognized as a national speaker on a variety of topics and served with the U.S. Olympics.

Mark is a native of Virginia and is active locally at Lifepoint Church. His hobbies include backpacking the Appalachian Trail and traveling with family. He is married with 2 children and counts his past jobs as a paramedic and athletic trainer as helping him in clinic every day.

Mark is universally respected regionally and statewide among PA's and physicians alike. He has been instrumental in advancing the field of sports medicine with the local High Schools and Universities. With 2 decades of service in Fredericksburg, he cares for all age groups and orthopedic ailments.

Jonathan Wood PA-C

Mr. Jonathan Wood P.A. earned his BS from Longwood college with concentrations in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology and later earned his Master's degree in Physicians Assistant studies from James Madison University in 2006. Mr. Wood joined CVOSM family shortly after graduating from JMU and enjoys developing relationships and treating his own patients as well as assisting our physicians both their clinics or in the hospital setting. In addition to being a Certified Physician Assistant ( PA-C ), he is also a Certified Athletic Trainer ( ATC ) and former Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists ( CSCS ) with a special interest in sports injuries. Over the years, Mr. Wood has served on multiple medical teams with VA USA Wrestling National Teams and has done a summer fellowship with the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO wherein he has worked primarily with the wrestling teams, but also covered the boxing and gymnastics. In addition to athletic injuries, he has specialist in the treatment of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.