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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Karen Smorowski, MD

Radiation Oncologist

CTCA Chicago

"In part, good cancer care means giving back to patients a sense of control over their lives."

- Karen Smorowski, MD

Patient Rating

4.8 / 5
77 Ratings

About Our Ratings

Medical degree

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford, IL

Internship / Residency

  • Internship, Surgery - Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Residency, Radiation Oncology - St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memphis, TN

Additional degree(s)

  • Bachelor of Science - DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Certification(s)

  • Radiology – American Board of Radiology

Practicing since: 1998

Dr. Karen Smorowski, Radiation Oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago, knew she wanted to be an oncologist since she was 7 years old. “My uncle was diagnosed with cancer,” she says, “and I remember thinking even then that there had to be a better way to treat people with cancer.”

Dr. Smorowski earned a Bachelor of Science degree at DePaul University in 1990. She attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where she completed her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1994. Her post-graduate training began with an internship in surgery at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. She then completed a three-year residency in radiation oncology at the same institution.

From 1998 to 2007, Dr. Smorowski was a Radiation Oncologist at a large regional hospital in Illinois. In 2007, she became Medical Director of Medical Oncology at the same facility. From 2000 to 2004, she served as Chairman of the Cancer Committee. She joined CTCA® in January 2015.

A licensed physician and surgeon by the State of Illinois, Dr. Smorowski is Board Certified in Radiology by the American Board of Radiology. She is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology, the Radiologic Society of North America and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Smorowski has extensive experience in clinical research. Since 2002, she has served as a principal investigator for several clinical trials focused on advancing radiation treatment for various types of cancer.

At CTCA, Dr. Smorowski is dedicated to patient-centered care. “My job is to explain treatment options to patients in ways they will understand, so that they can make truly informed decisions,” she says. As a cancer survivor herself, she understands the challenges of coping with a diagnosis and with the treatment process.

Outside of CTCA, Dr. Smorowski enjoys spending time with her children, who keep her very busy. They especially enjoy travel, crafts and running.

Patient ratings and comments

The patient ratings and comments on this page are obtained from an external Press Ganey® outpatient survey provided to all eligible CTCA patients within one to two weeks of their treatment occurrence. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five-star rating. In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, or do not relate to the patient’s experience with the doctor involved. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA.

Patient rating

5 / 5
11/18/2018
I have recommended to others and [...]

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/29/2018
Very professional and reassuring. Took time with no rushing of appointment.

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/3/2018
i love all the staff in radiation !

Patient rating

5 / 5
9/30/2018
Personable. Excellent information and explanations provided with supporting documentation. Thorough and digestible.

Patient rating

3.8 / 5
8/19/2018
Dr Smorowski is very upbeat and responsive. She understands that life doesn't stop during cancer treatment and offers solutions to help me balance work and treatment.

Patient rating

5 / 5
7/22/2018
Awesome Nurse [...] and Dr. Smolinski..

Patient rating

3.8 / 5
7/17/2018
Excellent!!!

Patient rating

No Rating
7/4/2018
have not started yet put when I meet her she was very thorough and easy to speak to

Patient rating

5 / 5
6/20/2018
WE TELL EVERYONE WHO NEEDS THIS CANCER TO COME HERE.

Patient rating

5 / 5
6/20/2018
My radiation oncologist is considerate. compassionate. and concised.

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About our star ratings

The patient star ratings are an average of all responses to physician-related questions on our nationally recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) measures patient satisfaction as part of our effort toward continuous improvement in all aspects of the patient experience. We partner with Press Ganey®, a third-party-validated organization with over 30 years of experience supporting over 26,000 health care organizations, to survey our patients about their recent experiences at CTCA®.

Why is this information important?

CTCA is committed to transparency. Not only do the surveys allow us to continuously improve our services, but we hope these ratings will help you feel confident in your decision to seek care at CTCA.

How are the star scores calculated?

All eligible CTCA patients receive a survey from Press Ganey within one to two weeks after their treatment occurrence. In addition to being asked about their overall experience at CTCA, patients are asked to score the level of confidence they have in their provider, as well as the likelihood they will recommend the physician to others. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five-star rating, with one star being the lowest possible rating and five stars being the highest.

Are all comments included?

In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. Patients’ names and other identifying information are removed from the comments for confidentiality and patient privacy. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, do not relate to the patient’s experience with the doctor involved, or are statements that cannot be verified as factual. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA. All ratings are included even if a comment is excluded.

Why don’t all physicians have ratings and comments?

Following industry best practice, star ratings and comments are only published for physicians with a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys. This helps us ensure that the sample size is large enough to give you an accurate representation of the physician's care.

Star ratings and comments are not available for all physicians or specialties. The validated Press Ganey survey captures patient experience feedback with the primary oncology services of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which include only medical, radiation and in-office gynecologic oncology services. Gynecologic surgeries are not evaluated at this time because a different survey tool would be required.

Can anyone provide ratings and responses for a physician?

No. Only patients who are under the care of the physician can provide a response through the Press Ganey survey. Eligible patients receive the survey either by mail or email after their treatment occurrence. Survey responses are completely voluntary.

How do you protect patient information for those who have responded to the survey?

Patient privacy is of the utmost importance to us. If a review comment includes any information that could identify a patient (e.g., name, etc.), it is removed from the comment prior to publishing on the physician’s bio page. All patient information that has been removed from a comment is designated with an ellipsis, or “[…]”.

How often are the scores updated?

Press Ganey surveys are sent out all year long. All patient ratings and reviews are regularly updated and published within a month of receiving the responses. Ratings and reviews remain on a physician’s bio page for one year after being published. After that time period, the ratings and reviews older than a year are removed to ensure the most current information is available.

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