Dr. Amer Smajkic
Amer Smajkic, MD is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist practicing in Chicago, Illinois who specializes in treating Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorders, Developmental issues and many others.
Since 1995, Dr. Amer Smajkic has been practicing Psychiatry in the Chicago area. As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr. Smajkic is applying his knowledge and skills as a Psycho-pharmacologist, Behaviorist and Cognitive Behavioral therapist. The focus of his care are ADHD disorders, Learning disorders, Developmental disorders, Mood disorders and Anxiety disorders.
Dr. Smajkic has a unique story that begins in the country of Bosnia, where he grew up and graduated from medical school at Sarajevo University. 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 saved 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 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.
As an Attending Physician and Clinical Instructor at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Smajkic provides inpatient care for child and adolescents, and education for medical students, residents and fellows. He is also a member of a private practice, where his areas of interest include Anxiety and Mood Disorders in Children, prevention, early recognition, and treatment.
Dr. Smajkic’s unique experiences have helped him to create a career path that combines his family background, war and life experience and personal talent. He has cultivated a profound natural commitment to practice as a psychiatrist and child psychiatrist, and is dedicated to researching the effects of violence and healing, understanding and treating survivors, and educating fellow professionals.
Education & Training
- University of Illinois at Chicago
- Rush University Medical Center
- American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
- Attending Physician at Rush University Medical Center
- Clinical Instructor at Rush University Medical Center
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America
- Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies
I realize that no two people are the same and as such tailor my therapy to meet the specific needs of my clients. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression or any other issue, I will help you recognize underlying problems, fully realize your strengths and adjust certain behaviors and thoughts to see things a different, healthier way.
My practice specializes in treating individuals and families and I offer comprehensive services dealing with:
- Child or Adolescent
- Young Adult and Adult
- Mood Disorders
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Behavioral Issues
- Career Counseling
- Coping Skills
- Developmental Disorders
- Emotional Disturbance
- Family Conflict
- Intellectual Disability
- Learning Disabilities
- Life Coaching
- Life Transitions
- Medication Management
- Men’s Issues
- Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
- Oppositional Defiance
- Peer Relationships
- Relationship Issues
- School Issues
- Self Esteem
- Sleep or Insomnia
- Sports Performance
- Teen Violence
- Testing and Evaluation
- Trauma and PTSD
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
At present time, we do accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO insurance. We are not a member of any other networks. Should you choose to make use of medical insurance reimbursement benefits, all the information needed for the processing of the claim is integrated into the patient account activity statement generated at the end of each month.
It is important to know that once you release such sensitive personal information to unknown third parties you lose control over its use. There have been instances of people being denied life or disability insurance policies based on particular diagnoses being a part of the public information domain.
Payment is expected at the time of service rendered until we arrive at a different, mutually agreeable arrangement. Payment method options are cash, check or major credit card.
If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you may be charged for the full rate of the session.
Any Other Questions
Please contact me for any additional questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!
Extremely polite and kind makes me feel really comfortable. I tend to be really nervous with male providers. He’s extremely knowledgeable. And he was willing to answer any questions I may have had, he didn’t make me feel rushed.
Doctor Amer Smajkic responsibility all way answer on the messages he is very communicative with patients
Very kind, patient, respectful. Thorough in explaining things. Felt very comfortable and safe.
Not only Dr. Smajkic is a wonderful professional, he also is a compassionate human being that cares deeply for his patients.
Places an importance on you being involved and educated in your own care which I really like.