Meet Dr. York Yates – Salt Lake City

Profile_131-214x300Practice Philosophy

Plastic surgery is a unique medical specialty combining precise surgical skills and decision making with an artists eye. As an artist myself, I have been blessed with these skills. It is always my goal to be the best plastic surgeon that I can for my patients in Utah and surrounding areas. Exceptional plastic surgery results in a personal, comfortable setting.

I have always felt that the best source of new patient referrals is word of mouth. For this reason I do not advertise heavily as is customary with many plastic surgeons. A happy plastic surgery patient will tell two people they are pleased; an unhappy patient will tell ten they are displeased. To this end, I am a perfectionist and have many happy patients. I hope you will find your visit to our office a comfortable, positive experience.

I would be thrilled to have you as a patient and friend, schedule a consultation today.

What makes me tick?

1) I am passionate about plastic surgery
2) I am a perfectionist and take great satisfaction in my results
3) I REALLY care that my patients are satisfied with their results
4) I am a skeptic and generally do not trust procedures that rely on technology as much as I trust my own hands/ skills
5) I hate unfounded claims made by device manufacturers to hype up a procedure, device or technique
6) When patients are asking about procedures or devices before I have heard of them I generally assume they are bogus, and they always are
7) I hate complications but admit that I have them.
8) I treat the patient who has a complication as a VIP and do everything in my power to make it right


Dr Yates was born and raised in Davis County, Utah. He completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Graduating at the top of his class he had the opportunity to pursue his training in Plastic Surgery directly out of medical school. During his six years of postgraduate plastic surgery training at the University of Missouri he received a broad experience in all aspects of Plastic Surgery including cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, microsurgery and hand surgery.

Board Certification

Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery

  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery is THE ONLY board that certifies plastic surgeons.

Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

  • Only board certified plastic surgeons are eligible for membership

Member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

  • Only board certified plastic surgeons with an emphasis in cosmetic surgery are eligible

Member of the AMA and UMA.


Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
University of Missouri, Columbia 1997 – 2003
99th percentile national inservice examination

Medical Education

University of Utah School of Medicine 1993 – 1997
– Graduated at top of class
– 99th percentile USMLE I board examination
– Prestigious AOA National Medical Honor Society

Undergraduate Education

University of Utah, Bachelor of Science – 1993

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • 4 year scholarship

After training, Dr. Yates returned to join the excellent physicians of Tanner Clinic in Layton, Utah. Among other reasons, Dr. Yates returned to have the opportunity to work alongside his father, a family practice physician in the clinic.