Dr. Amer Smajkic, MD

Dr. Amer Smajkic, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  |  
Male  |  
Age 52
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Dr. Amer Smajkic, MD is a child & adolescent psychiatry doctor who practices in Chicago, IL. He is 52 years old. Read his story

233 E Erie St

Chicago, IL 60611

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(312) 893-5701

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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Self Pay

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Dr. Smajkic's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Smajkic "Amer Smajkic M.D. Biography Dr. Amer Smajkic has a unique life story that begins in the country of Bosnia, where he grew up and graduated from medical school at the University of Sarajevo. When the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina began, he was assigned to a vascular surgery residency program to serve his country. He treated people on the front line and in the hospital, while in constant risk of death by bullets, bombs, hunger or thirst. For months, he was saving lives by assisting in hundreds of surgical procedures, often by candlelight, with no electricity or water. During these experiences, he learned how satisfying it was to treat people with war injuries. He also learned that healing came not only from surgeries, but also from long conversations with patients at night, while they listened to explosions throughout the city. He lived in constant fear for his safety and finally left the country to save his own life. He arrived in Chicago as a Refugee of War, survivor of Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide, sponsored by St. Luke's Episcopalian Church in March 1994. For the first few months, he helped other refugees and their families establish themselves in Chicago. In June of 1994, he turned his outreach work into a profession by becoming the first mental health counselor in a newly formed Refugee Mental Health program for Bosnians. In 1995, he established a professional academic relationship with the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Illinois at Chicago, with Drs. Stevan Weine and Ivan Pavkovic as mentors. Under their leadership, he participated in numerous research projects involving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Smajkic received training in general psychiatry at University of Illinois at Chicago and Rush University Medical Center. He completed child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Smajkic has done extensive research and published research papers with primary focus on the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depressive Disorders. He has published a chapter in the book Mental Health Services of Juvenile Offenders with title "Suicide in Delinquent Adolescents". In 2013 Dr Smajkic published a chapter In the book Organization and Practice of Family Medicine with title " Mental Health of family and family Psychodynamic". Dr. Smajkic has become an expert in the areas of Refugee Mental Health, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression, Juvenile Delinquency and Child and Adolescent Depression. Dr. Smajkic is member of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and he serves on Committee for Juvenile Justice Reform. Dr. Smajkic is also a member of American Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and Academy of Cognitive Therapy. His clinical work is focused on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult population. As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Smajkic is applying his knowledge and skills as a Psychopharmacologist, Behavioralist and Cognitive Behavioral therapist. The focus of his care is Learning disorders, Developmental disorders, Mood disorders and Anxiety disorders. Dr. Smajkic was working as Attending Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Child Psychiatry Consult Liaison services at Rush University Medical Center from his graduation until 1-1-2013. While performing is duties, he was providing inpatient care for child and adolescent population on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, consultation services to pediatric inpatient units and education for medical students, residents and fellows. At Rush University Medical Center Dr. Smajkic has also become a staff member of the Cognitive Behavior Center at Rush University Medical Center in 2011 , he continues to perform this duties and he has faculty appointment at RUMC where he is involved in teaching and supervision of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry trainees."


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This content was provided by Dr. Smajkic "Patient personalized approach that integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Supportive therapy , life coaching and biological therapies."


  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

Board Certifications

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*
  • Psychiatry
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

Conditions Treated

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Developmental and Learning Disorders
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Phobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Diseases


  • Biological Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Life Coaching
  • Psychotherapy Services
  • Supportive Counseling

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Sarajevo / Medical Faculty
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • University Of Sarajevo / Medical Faculty
    Medical School | Graduated
  • Rush University
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Rush University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Smajkic has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Bosnian
  • Croatian
  • Serbian

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Smajkic's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Smajkic to family and friends
based on 25 total reviews (9 with comments)
Dr. Smajkic Says:

Easy one step online scheduling .

Patient focused concierge psychiatric practice.

Up to date with newest  knowledge in the fields of genetics, neuroscience ,psychiatric illnesses and psychological problems.

Dr. Smajkic's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
in Chicago, IL |
Dr.Amer goes above and beyond for his patients. He is very understanding,very easy to talk to, listens and is very patient. I have seen him for years. I tried others in the past but I am 100% loyal to him. He’s helped me through many rough patches in my life. Thank you Dr.Amer.
in Chicago, IL |
Dr. smajkic is very approachable and direct, which I appreciate. I have referred friends who would Agree that his approach is successfull. I also love his no nonsense office with no receptionist which can cause additional anxiety. Just a calm waiting room and never a long wait. Do not hesitate to book this doctor.
Chicago, IL |
I am a new patient. First time with a new psychiatrist can go one of two ways. Most of my experiences have not been good. That said, my appointment with Dr. Smajkic was far from bad. Felt very welcomed, and I saw an honest, focused, and caring doctor. He asked the right questions to get to know me better, and took the time to discuss options for treatment. I highly recommend Dr. Smajkic if you are looking for the care you deserve.
in Chicago, IL |
I would call Dr Smajkic "the man behind my miracle". I was dealing with a huge a mount of anxiety and depression. Just after the first visit, Dr Smajkic could diagnose my disorder and prescribed the right medication which changed my life completely. He is extremely smart , passionate and knowledgeable ! He really cares and listen carefully when you talk with him and I 100% recommend him to anyone who seeks a better mental condition
in Chicago, IL |
Ok ! So Let me begin my review like this : Dr Smajkic is the guy behind my miracle ! I was dealing with a huge amount of anxiety, panic attacks and helplessness .. When I met Dr Smajkic, he did a miracle within juts the first visit ! he diagnosed very fast and he put me on the right medication just in the first visit ! He is very passionate, intelligent, informative and knowledgeable, super smart and fair .. A good listener who really cares about his patients ! More than 100% recommended !!
Chicago IL |
Very emphatic , easy to talk to , uses therapy in addition to medications.
in Chicago, IL |
charges a 35.00 telephone prescription refill charge - I have never experienced a doctor charging for this before. Appointments last 15 minutes and are a waste of time.
in Chicago, IL |
I have been taking my son to Dr. Smajkic for several years. He is always prompt, sensitive to needs, speaks with honesty and candor. He explains whats best for my son.
in Chicago, IL |
Listens well, willing to consider patient ideas; impeccable ethics: he adheres so strictly to prescription laws, he can be a pain in the butt (must come for additional visit for minor medication adjustment within days of recent visit); expensive without BCBS PPO, but worth it; warm, kind, empathetic. Makes you feel comfortable and your problems important. Read his bio- true hero and survivor (whatever you've been through probably can't shock him). Highly recommended.
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Hospitals where Dr. Smajkic has admitting privileges

Rush University Medical Center
1653 W Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60612
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