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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
Verified Patient Reviews
Still the best psychiatrist I've worked with.
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.
Only got about 45-48 minutes for an hour scheduled appointment.
Wonderful first visit appointment with a lot of ideas to consider for future visits.
Super nice. Pragmatic. Very attentive! Looking forward to seeing how my next appointments play out.
Dr Smajkic is amazing. He is professional, kind and makes you feel very comfortable. Definitely someone who truly cares about helping his patients.
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!
Dr Smakkic, made me feel comfortable, optimistic and motivated about improving my ADD symptoms.
Very polite and attentive first session. I would recommend him to anyone in need of psychiatric consultation.
Dr. Smajkic has an amazing ability to engage with patients. I would so recommend him. He is thoughtful, compassionate, and totally pragmatic.
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 for my 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.
Very professional , took a lot of time , always focused on coaching and therapy very focused on patient, I would highly recommend this doctor .
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.
Great psychiatrist i felt very comfortable from the beginning, took a lot of time and asked many questions, oferred diferrent treatment options including psychotherapy.
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!
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!
Very quick and too the point. Forward about insurance and costs.
Dr Smajkic was wonderful. He was easy to talk to and was very straight forward. He also made provisions for any insurance troubles.
Great psychiatrist , perfectly on time, easy to start, made me comfortable , focused on booth psychotherapy and medication , would recommend him highly .
He was very helpful and I felt very comfortable. He heard me out and didn't try to cut me off.
If you are serious about wanting to get better, this doctor will work with you and help you.
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.
had a pleasant experience with Dr. Smajkic. He was personable, a good listener and I did not feel rushed at all. It was my first visit with him, but I feel confident that we'll be able to work through my anxiety together.
Dr. Smajkic was exceptionally professional and asked very poignant questions of me. Looking forward to my next appointment with him.
very nice and caring.
Very good and thorough
Quick & to the point
I enjoy talking with Dr. Smajkic. He is very helpful in my battles with depression and anxiety.
Always easy to talk to and very resourceful.
This was my first time seeing him, so I cannot provide perfect reviews just yet. But he was very professional and understanding. I'm looking forward to our next meeting.
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 .
He was straightforward and easy to talk to. I would recommend Dr. Smajkic.
If you are serious about wanting to get better, this doctor can help you.
Very helpful and thorough. Also is a very approachable man who I could see trusting very much down the line, and as it's hard for me to trust people in general, this is a big deal for me. Would recommend.
This was our first appointment, so a bit too soon to make a judgement. However, we loved his bedside manner, and we were seen promptly. Those both speak volumes about him as far as I am concerned.
He is the first psychiatrist to ever schedule an EEG and blood work to see if there is anything that is causing the anxiety that I have been having. He is very knowledgeable and makes me feel comfortable despite having serious social anxiety
This doctor is straightforward yet friendly. It was my first visit, but I have a lot of confidence that he is quite well-versed in his field.
He asked a lot of useful questions and was very personable. We definitely will see him again.
He is very likeable and puts you at ease right away, should you be nervous about a first introduction/first session. He is very thorough with his questions and suggested approach for treatment. I also appreciate how he makes sure you understand his rates, etc. Was very pleased and would certainly recommend him!
Dr. Smajkic was great. Personable, professional, and made me feel comfortable.
Highly Recommended!Excellent doctor
Dr. Smajkic was very friendly. I would recommend him to a friend.
Dr. Smajkic is a very practical man and i respect that. During our session, he asked great questions and provided thought provoking feedback. I look forward to our future appointments.
Dr. discussed options available to me. He explained the meds and what they are used to treat. He showed genuine interest and I was impressed with his professionalism. Other psychiatrist I have seen just prescribe meds and really don't ask for my opinion. I am in and out within 5-10 minutes but Dr. Amer took his time in explaining things to me and giving options. I really liked him and would recommend him to others.
Great experience today. Great bedside manner!
My favorite doctor by far. He really made me feel super comfortable.
I was lucky enough go book a last minute appointment after going to the emergency room the night before where there wasn't a psychiatrist and I felt like none of the doctors listened to me. I left Dr. Smajkic's office feeling like I was going to start getting the help I needed and was so grateful.
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 a 15 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.
I was nervous visiting a psychiatrist in the first place. Dr, Smajkic was fantastic. Very personable and made me feel very comfortable. He listened to me and provided me with feedback and a plan of attack. I highly recommend him!
Immediately felt comfortable and at ease.
Dr. Smajkic was very professional and had a very good bedside manor. I felt like I was respected, listened to, and my needs were addressed. I had seen another psychiatrist previously who was abrasive and rude, so seeing him was a very pleasant experience. Would definitely recommend.
Dr. Smajkic was enormously knowledgeable and helpful. We are off to a great state with my son.
Dr. Amer was great. I am a very shy person and he made me feel very comfortable. I have seen psychiatrists in the past who are cold and very uncomfortable to be around. He listened to me and was very caring and willing to help. Would recommend him to anyone looking for a psychiatrist!
He is easy to talk to.
From beginning to end of our first appointment, Dr. Smajkic was patient, understanding, and nonjudgmental. He listened to my descriptions, asked insightful questions, and compassionately offered verbal support before launching into a comprehensive work-up plan. As a physician myself, I can honestly say that he does everything by the book but adds a personal touch that a lot of psychiatrists these days lack. He empathized with a lot of the issues I have been experiencing, which I think made the connection even more personalized, but I am confident his approach to diagnosing and treating patients would suit the needs of most people with psychiatric concerns. I appreciated the thoroughness of his treatment plan and how he involved me in the decision-making process; it was clear that my preferences and opinions mattered to him in designing the plan moving forward. I highly recommend him: as a patient, first and foremost, but also as a fellow doctor. He knows his field well, and he truly cares about his patients.
Got in right away. Liked how straightforward and to the point he was. Highly recommended.
Dr. Smajkic, MD, was a perfect fit for child PTSD issues. He was careful and patient. I highly recommend him for adult and child issues.
He is always on time, is warm, welcoming and professional. Highly recommended.
Dr. Smajkic is one of the most consummate professionals I've ever had the pleasure to see for treatment, and a nice guy to boot.
Dr. Smajkic is truly wonderful. I came to him for help with my ADHD. First of all, he was very empathetic (which is rare when or comes to ADHD), but more importantly, he was eminently knowledgeable on the subject. Within the first ten minutes of my appointment, he had given me two excellent pieces of above for managing my ADHD, and it only got better from there. I can't recommend him enough.
DR Smajkic is the best.
This doctor was extremely compassionate and thorough and really listened to what I was saying. I was very impressed from the first visit and would recommend him to anyone.
He was incredibly nice -- I felt very comfortable talking to him. Didn't try to rush me along, or make any preconceived judgements about my medications (which I have experienced in the past). Highly recommended!
He was very compassionate and sincere. I appreciated that he gave options instead of a "one size fits all" approach. Will be following up for sure!
He is a very nice man who is easy to talk to. I diddnt have to wait long to see the dr. Thr appointment was very quick and to the point!
Dr. Smajkic is very professional. But, he seemed to care about my issues. He also gave me some good insights. He was warm, friendly, kind and upbeat. I am hopeful that I will be able to see him and do some work on myself. My first impression was excellent.
Fantastic physician. Understanding and willing to work with you. I work out of town frequently however he is very flexible. Great doc!!
Dr. Smajkic is very kind and personable!
Dr. Smajkic does a great job addressing the problem. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need.
Dr. Smajkic is a very understanding Doctor when come to adolescent needs, he's patient and polite. I been going visit Dr. Smajkic for 3 years.
Dr. Smajkic was excellent! I often find doctors to be very intimidating because of my anxiety, however my apointment with Dr. Smajkic was the exact opposite. After a few minutes of speaking with him my nervousness subsided and I was clearly able to discuss my issue. He asked great questions and through our discussion we both decided on a treatment plan that worked for me. I appreciated his adaptability to work with my schedule. I look forward to further working with Dr. Smajkic.
Very easy to talk to and so helpful!!! Looking forward to future sessions.
Kind and conservative! Everything you want in a doc!
I moved to Chicago from NYC to be with my boyfriend. I found Dr. Smajkic on ZocDoc to replace my doctor in NYC. I was VERY pleased with him and still continue to see him. He has found better options to deal with some of my most important issues. He is a great choice.
He doesn't listen very well, and he's quick to medicate.
He listened, he responded and he refrained from making a diagnosis after one visit - which my son appreciated. He was candid and informative. He was affable, yet professional; authoritative but not threatening. The perfect doctor for teens!
Dr. Smajkic is very warm and offers helpful suggestions. I've already recommended him to a friend.
Dr. Smajkic was very friendly, understanding, and professional. I will recommend him to anyone that needs help in this field.
He is a great guy who knows what he is doing. Sensitive to the situation and what is going on.
Dr. Smajkic knows a lot and is very helpful. I would definitely recomend Dr. Smajkic!
My visit with Doctor Smajkicwent very well; he both was extremely professional and very approachable creating an environment which I felt very comfortable in.
Great doctor! He made me very comfortable immediately. I would recommend to anyone.
Great doctor! He made me very comfortable immediately. I would recommend to anyone.
What a doctor! and i am a pain in the butt normally as a patient. Very laid back, good communication (which should come with the job but doesn't always), doesn't act like he thinks he's half a God (which is often the case with those whose names end with "MD" ;) ), direct, flexible, genuinely caring, slightly funny. Diagnosis was tough to swallow but different from the previous ones, and it made sense. He recommended another form of therapy to me which was something i had not heard of before. Oh, and nice shoes.
He's a great doctor, gives very practical and useful advice.
Dr. Amer is very relaxed/easy going, which put me at ease. He seems to gauge (very well) when he should speak and when to let his patient express themselves. While I am visiting several psychiatrists to determine the best one for me, I will be visiting Dr. Amer again in the near future.
Dr. Smajkic is a compassionate and knowledgeable doctor. I talked to him about my son. He was very helpful and offered some well-informed, thoughtful advice.
Dr. Smajkic is incredibly thorough and insightful. He took a great deal of care in our initial session to take in my psychiatric history and formulate a preliminary impression of my condition and possible treatment plans. He was very nice and welcoming. I highly recommend him!!
He is very nice, courteous, and honest. I think he is smart and great at helping problem solve.
He was very straight to the point about the matter at hand and I liked that,
I have seen many Doctors related to anxiety. Dr. Smajkic is able to understand the various dynamics that contribute to anxiety. With a past diagnosis of PTSD by other doctors and having them treat this, Dr. Smajkic was the only one who took the time to consider alternative reasons for anxiety and explore this. It's clear that someone who has been on the front lines in the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina would be more adept than the Doctor who read about trauma/PTSD in the comfort of their University. I also like the fact he stays very knowledgable about new research and studies. It could have been easy to send me off with the same diagnosis, but he seemed to genuinely care about the "why" and every aspect of the "why," which made him a unique Psychiatrist in my personal experiences.
I will never go again was not understanding and not there to help me out and listen to what I needed to say
Very professional and compassionate. Very pleased
A huge improvement from my last psychiatrist. He is easy to talk to and offers great feedback.
Dr. Smajkic is Awesome!
At first I was a little nervous because it was my first time ever seeing a psychiatrist= He was a great listener and I quickly became comfortable. No complaints!
Hi is very good doctor ... He treat me very good I'm healthy and happy .
Dr. Smajkic is an incredible doctor. He is very caring, easy to talk to, and helps me see the bigger picture. His honesty is absolutely wonderful - he tells you what you need to hear and really helps guide you to thinking about things in a positive light. I've been seeing Dr. Smajkic well over a year now, and plan on staying with him for a long time.
Dr. Smajkic is knowledgeable and compassionate. He has experience dealing with severe psychiatric problems such as the type my son suffers from. I would recommend him if your adolescent is autistic, bipolar or has other illnesses.
Very professional and accommodating.
very thorough and gave good treatment options that I havent heard from other doctors
Dr. Amer Smajkic was very kind and welcoming. This was my first time seeing a professional about my mental health concerns and I was nervous at first. He was very patient with me and listened very well. At the end of the appointment, it turned out that he didn't specialize in what I needed so referred me to two other psychologists who he trusted which I appreciated. I felt like I was in good hands and I am glad he helped guide me in the right direction.
He is extremely bright and insightful.
Dr. Smajkic is the most calm and insightful doctor I have ever met. He is helping my middle-schooler in ways that are at once extraordinary and also compassionate. We are very grateful.
First visit was informative.
Very good doctor
He is a smart, good Dr. He can be fast or long, just depends on the patient.
Very empathic, approachable, and collaborative
Dr. Smajkic was very plasent and professional. I would highly recommend Dr. Smajkic. Thank you very much. Best regards Mersiha
He is a wonderful doctor, very comfortable to talk with. He shows true concern towards your needs, and is very professional. Hes very helpful in informing you of all possible treatment options, and also is great with discussing different medications, and is not pushy with putting you on them either. Highly recommend him.
At first I was extremely nervous. The office setup confused me a bit, but once my session began, Dr. Smajkic welcomed me and I felt a bit more comfortable.
I have been going to see Dr. Smajkic for about a year now and he was the first doctor that really listened to what I was dealing with. Instead of just throwing medicines at me he figured out what really were my issues and what the best medicine was for me. After being on many different types of anti-anxiety medicines, he was the first Doctor who actually subscribed me one that worked. Instead of just writing up a prescription and sending me on my way he listens to what I really need. Also, unlike a lot of doctors he sees you once a month to make sure he is constantly updated on how things are and that is what makes him a great doctor. It seems that if you are looking for someone to spend time speaking with he is there for you- but if you don't have the time, he gets you in and out without making the appointment this huge event. He is also very understanding and flexible when it comes to working around your schedule- so many times I have had to change the time and he was always quick to respond with a better time for me. Dr. Smajkic is a great doctor and one I would highly recommend to anyone.
He is a great doctor. Very knowledgeable. And takes the time to listen. Very easy to talk to and it was an overall great experience.
Very nice and friendly.
He was awesome. From the get go he was on the same page with my goals. He interacted with me instead of sitting there like a dead goat.
I rather enjoyed his professionalism and his attention to detail. I felt very comfortable and welcomed. I had never been to a psychiatrist before and he was very friendly and courteous.
New patient, got in right away, Dr. Smajkic was very welcoming and seemed to ask all the right questions.
Very good Doctor! Easy to talk to. Was on time for the appointment. I would highly recommend this Doctor!!
Great doctor. Very professional. Knew what he was doing and you could tell that he genuinely cared.
He was great! Really listened and understood.
the best shrink/Doc I've met. Always on time, friendly, brutally honest and, yet so professional! Awesome, modern, fresh smelling office. Dr Amer doesn't pontificate to patients, makes you feel like you're talking to that friend who doesn't take bullshit from you, yet is always there for you. I've seen few shrinks in my life, Dr. Amer is one I fly 1,000 miles to see. Go.