Dr. Amer Smajkic, MD

Dr. Amer Smajkic, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 53
Dr. Amer Smajkic, MD is a child & adolescent psychiatry specialist in Chicago, IL. He graduated from University of Sarajevo / Medical Faculty and specializes in child & adolescent psychiatry and psychiatry.Read his story

233 E Erie St

Chicago, IL 60611

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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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Care Philosophy

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

2  Specialties

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

2  Board Certifications

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

9  Conditions Treated

5  Procedures

  • 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

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0 Board Actions

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  • 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

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Dr. Smajkic's Reviews

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31 total reviews (14 have comments)

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Dr. Smajkic's Performance

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  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes
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.


Patient Comments (14)

Visits are short and efficient . Accessible via phone /email .Very positive experience.
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Originally, came to Dr Smajkic for medication management of my daughter, who has several complex conditions. He explains what he is doing and works with the family on the therapeutic and medication strategy. He is very personal and upbeat.
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Dr. Smajkic is a very nice and understanding man, he's definitely seen it all and will always be willing to help. Very short wait time and works with your schedule, very reliable.
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We came with our son and it was great pleasure for all of us to talk with Dr. Smajkic and explore all possible options for his treatment. Dr. Smajkic in great details explained to us all options including benefits and possible side effect for each one. It was our first visit but we felt as we know...more
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I have been going to Dr. Smajkic for over 2 years to treat my anxiety. It is such a relief to feel so much better and I am so thankful for finding him to get treatment.
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