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Dr. Amer Smajkic, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist

Professional statement

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 Bosnian s. 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 fello

In-network insurances

  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

Specialties

  • Psychiatrist
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Rush University Medical Center

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of Sarajevo Faculty of Medicine
  • Rush University Medical Center, Residency in Adult Psychiatry
  • Rush University Medical Center, Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Awards and publications

  • One of 3 best rated Psychiatrist in Chicago , 2018 https://threebestrated.com/psychiatrists-in-chicago-il
  • One of 3 best rated Psychiatrist in Chicago , 2017 https://threebestrated.com/psychiatrists-in-chicago-il
  • Weine SM, Razzano L, Miller K, Brkic N, Ramic A, Smajkic A, Bijedic Z, Boskailo E, Mermelstein R, Pavkovic I: Profiling the trauma related symptoms of Bosnian refugees who have not sought mental health services. Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases 2000; Vol. 188, No. 7: 416-421.

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Bosnian
  • Croatian
  • Serbian

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1447311527

Office locations

Amer Smajkic MD

233 E. Eerie St., Suite 802

Chicago, IL 60611

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Dr. Amer was very professional but friendly and polite.
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Not only Dr. Smajkic is a wonderful professional, he also is a compassionate human being that cares deeply for his patients.
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Awesome man...Works from the heart
Less than 3 months ago
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Dr. Smajkic provides consistent professional support for our adolescent son, has truly helped during more stressful times. He offers thoughtful, kind advice to both parent and child. Sincere Thanks!
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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the service and professional care given to my father. Our experience With Dr. Smajkic was of the quickest and best we have ever encountered. We are very greatfull to have found a passionate and caring doctor like Dr. Smajkic!
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Very pleasing!! Focuses on the patient and listens to everything you have to say. Glad I found a doctor I like
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He was amazing!
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Great Doctor , professional , punctual , always available , he did help me a lot while helping my issues.
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Dr. Amer Smajkic is very kind and capable. He has great manners, tons of information, and always has plenty of time to spend talking with me. I really appreciate how easily I'm able to book an appointment and how quickly I'm able to see him.
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Great Doc I have been seeing him for last 3 months always prompt and very professional, helped me immensely with my condition.
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It was very pleasant experience with Dr. Smajkic. He was personable, a good listener and I did not feel rushed. It was my time to see Psychiatrist and he made me very comfortable ,he also spend more than 45 min talkingto me. What felt very important is that he does offer treatment options and I felt fully involved in to making decision about what to do next. I am very confident that he will be able to help me with my issues.
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I went to this doctor based on reviews, I guess I wasn't so lucky. I was about 4 min late (i got lost)to my app and I just felt too rushed once I arrived. I honestly felt like he just wantedto get over the appointment as soon as possible and on top of that I was already anxious about being late. He didn't seem genuinely interested and I left his office feeling like I shouldn't have gone there. The only positive was that I got my medication before running out since I needed to find a psychiatrist after ending my php program . Even if he had a bad day which everyone does, I should of felt more comfortable and had better bedside manner.
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I was with my parents and was great pleasure for all of us to talk with Dr Smajkic about all possible option how to treat my illness including all benefits and possible side effect. It was my first visit but Ifill I know him for years. He have so much knowledge and experience and very open and friendly developed communication skills .
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Very positive, our son seems to be doing better. Emotionally, socially and academically more stable. We greatly appreciate Dr Smajkic’s support, advice and availability.
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Dr. Smajkic was thoughtful and listened to my issues. He was friendly and saw me at the time of my appointment. His treatment was commensurate with my issues. I do recommend this doctor.
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Dr. Smajkic is very punctual, his demeanor a welcoming one. He has a few weeknights available to accommodate younger patients that are tied down to the normal academic weekday time-table, after-school activities or sports schedules. Hishours and central-city location are extremely convenient, right across the street from Northwestern Hospital, so close to parking and easily accessible on so many public transportation routes - his proximity to Mag Mile is a huge plus, too. Very impressed!
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Dr. Smajkic is a terrific doctor. I have been seeing him for about 6 months now and could not be happier with my experience. He was very straightforward about everything (costs, expectations, etc.) before my first appointment. He truly caresabout his patients and it shows. He listens, explains things clearly, and takes the time to answer any questions that I have. He consistently seeks my input and feedback regarding my plan of care and adjusts things accordingly. My only regret is that I didn't find Dr. Smajkic sooner.
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I think this doctor way overcharges for the "services" he provides. He basically had me fill out two questionnaires to "diagnose" me and asked me very few questions about why I was there. He is just looking to make money on as many appointment as possible.
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I think Dr. Amer is great. He really cares about his patients and helps develop a long-term plan for them to overcome their hardships.
More than 1 year ago
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Places an importance on you being involved and educated in your own care which I really like.
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Dr.Smajkic is very caring and wants to help you. He is easy to talk to and has offered some good advise to improve our mental health. We were so fortunate that we were able to get an appointment right away. Weknow we have a long road ahead of us, but having him as our Dr and resource is very comforting. We drive an hour into the city to see him and there is plenty of parking that allows us to get to our appointment easily. Well worth the drive to know you are working with a dr that cares.
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Dr. Smajkic was incredibly helpful! He answered all of my questions and was a pleasure to talk to. I highly recommend!
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Bad charging policies. Didn't feel like I was being listened to.
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The best doctor !!!
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Just what the other reviews said! Very professional and friendly and helpful.
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Great experience , I would highly recommend Dr. Smajkic, very professional , knowledgeable, friendly !
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I was seen immediately. You can tell that he cares about his patients and is eager to help them. He is kind , respectful and I’m glad I chose him as my psychiatrist.
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We are very pleased with our son's progress and improved mental health. Thank you so much!
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I am an adult and was worried about seeing a child psychiatrist but Dr Smajkic was wonderful! He listened and recommended a course of treatment specific to me and my concerns.
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Still the best psychiatrist I've worked with.
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I had an initial consultation with Dr. Smajkic and left his office feeling very confident with choosing him as my care giver. He came across as very genuine and very knowledgeable. The plan of therapy he layed out has made me very hopeful and encouraged.
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Only got about 45-48 minutes for an hour scheduled appointment.
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Wonderful first visit appointment with a lot of ideas to consider for future visits.
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Super nice. Pragmatic. Very attentive! Looking forward to seeing how my next appointments play out.
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Dr Smajkic is amazing. He is professional, kind and makes you feel very comfortable. Definitely someone who truly cares about helping his patients.
More than 1 year ago
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A psychiatrist that truly is passionate about his work. Was not quick to simply prescribe a medication and get you out of the door. Do not hesitate to see Dr. Amer Smajkic!
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Dr Smakkic, made me feel comfortable, optimistic and motivated about improving my ADD symptoms.
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Very polite and attentive first session. I would recommend him to anyone in need of psychiatric consultation.
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I enjoy talking with Dr. Smajkic. He is very helpful in my battles with depression and anxiety.
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Dr. Smajkic has an amazing ability to engage with patients. I would so recommend him. He is thoughtful, compassionate, and totally pragmatic.
More than 1 year ago
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This was my first visit to doctor Smajkic. I was very pleased with the interaction overall. The doctor was very friendly which helped put me at ease. After we discussed my issues he laid out my treatment options and asked formy input on what I think would work for me. It was very collaborative rather than, "here, do this." I get the feeling he realizes any treatment is only as good as a person's ability to follow through with it.
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Great first appointment, very easy paperwork process thanks to the early check in feature. Dr. Smajkic was very personable and understanding, we had a great discussion before any recommendations were made. The wait time was non-existant which made for an easy day as well.
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I've seen many psychiatrists and Dr. Smajkic is one of the best. He's quite intelligent and pragmatic. He strongly encouraged me to do DBT along with medication. Since then, I've made noticeable improvement. If you are motivated to get better,then Dr. Smajkic will help you. If you're looking for someone to do nothing but prescribe medication and treat you like everyone else, seek another doctor. I'm very happy with my experience with Dr. Smajkic. He's fantastic!
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Dr. Amer was gweat! He very warm and personable! He listened to me and asked appropriate questions, and he made me feel very comfortable. I look forward to working with him!
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Very quick and too the point. Forward about insurance and costs.
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Dr Smajkic was wonderful. He was easy to talk to and was very straight forward. He also made provisions for any insurance troubles.
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He was very helpful and I felt very comfortable. He heard me out and didn't try to cut me off.
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I love my visit with Dr. Smajkic . He always polite and kind with my son when we have our point. Secondly, he make my son has everything he need to succeed academic in school . He always come up with different strategies .
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I was not too impressed. I feel like he was very rushed and quick to diagnose without a conversation. I would not recommend this doctor.
More than 1 year ago
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Working with Dr Amer was okay. I felt like the 15 minute appointments were too short to really identify if my medication was working and come up with a good treatment plan. I was also charged an insane amount for a15 minute appointment, which I thought was excessive. It seems like they are billing to see how much insurance money they can get with the 15 minute appointments.
More than 1 year ago
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