Independent Residents

Year 1

Erika Samlowski

Erika Samlowski

Medical Areas of Interest

I am interested in reconstruction and microsurgery

Interests & Hobbies

Anything active, love the gym, yoga, skiing, hiking, camping. I also am an artist, mostly work in drawing and oil painting these days. Proud plant mom. 

Why Utah?

I really liked the camaraderie between the residents and the breadth of clinical exposure. I grew up in Salt Lake and am excited to return back to the mountains.

Education History

Type School Degree
Undergraduate Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School Medical College of Wisconsin MD
General Surgery Residency Creighton University Medical Center

 

Justin Webb

Justin Webb

Medical Areas of Interest

I am interested in all aspects of plastic surgery and look forward to experiencing it all. 

Interests & Hobbies

I enjoy anything outdoors, but especially hiking, camping, travel, soccer. The Office, Alabama Football, my two dogs, Harper and Scout, photography and, of course, food and bourbon.

Why Utah?

As someone interested in broad based plastic surgery, I wanted a program that would expose me to the gamut of plastic and reconstructive surgery. I believe the Univ of Utah does an excellent job at this while harboring a welcoming and collegial work environment. The faculty truly care about your training and wellbeing. Living in an outdoor playground is also a huge bonus to living in Salt Lake City. 

 

Education History

Type School Degree
Undergraduate University of Alabama BS
Medical School University of Alabama, Birmingham MD
General Surgery Residency University of Louisville  

Year 2

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Education History

Type School Degree
Undergraduate Marquette University 
Medical School Creighton University MD
General Surgery Residency University of Louisville
Lucia Collar Yagas

Lucia Collar Yagas

Medical Areas of Interest

Dr. Collar Yagas comes to the University of Utah after graduating from a General Surgery Residency at the University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospitals in Chicago, IL. She is interested in all aspects of Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.

Interests & Hobbies

In her free time, Dr. Collar Yagas loves to enjoy the outdoors with her husband, running, playing tennis, skiing, and sightseeing. She also likes to spend time caring and growing her 50+ orchid plants.      

Why Utah?

She finds in Utah the perfect combination of academic excellence in plastic surgery and the possibility to enjoy a high-quality life surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Education History

Type School Degree
Undergraduate Universidad de Buenos Aires
Medical School Universidad de Buenos Aires MD
General Surgery Residency University of Illinois at Chicago

Year 3

Paul Tenzel

Paul Tenzel

Medical Areas of Interest

Dr. Tenzel's professional areas of interest include general reconstructive surgery, aesthetic surgery, and Mohs Reconstruction. 

Interests & Hobbies

In Dr. Tenzel's free time he enjoys watching movies, playing foosball, having people over, and spending time with family.  In the fall, he spends Saturdays watching college football.  

Why Utah?

I chose the University of Utah for the wide variety of cases, great place to live, and the residents were a close group.

Education History

Type School Degree
Undergraduate Georgia Southern University 
Medical School University of Miami Miller School of Medicine MD
General Surgery Residency New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Irfan Rhemtulla

Irfan Rhemtulla

Medical Areas of Interest

Reconstructive surgery (specifically lower limb defects and abdominal wall) and global health

Interests & Hobbies

Watching and playing all sports, watching movies, spending time with family, traveling, listening to and playing music

Why Utah?

The plastic surgery program has a unique blend of autonomy, camaraderie, and a wide breadth of cases in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery. In addition, Utah is an amazing place to live and there is so much to do outdoors.

Education History

Type School Degree
Undergraduate Furman University
Medical School Medical University of South Carolina MD
General Surgery Residency Christiana Care Health System