Karen Smorowski,MD

MD

Radiation Oncologist, CTCA Chicago

4.8 (58 Ratings)

9 Reviews
Karen Smorowski - Radiation Oncologist
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In part, good cancer care means giving back to patients a sense of control over their lives.

Location
CTCA Chicago
Specialties
Radiation Oncology
Education
Medical school:
University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford
Residency:
Radiation Oncology - Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL / St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
Certifications
Radiology – American Board of Radiology

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
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About Our Ratings
Mar 18, 2019

5.0

"I don't think I fully understood the healing process of radiation on a bone, but my experience with the Radiation Oncologist and the team was AWESOME!"
Feb 26, 2019

5.0

"awesome"
Feb 20, 2019

5.0

"Only met her once, she seems confident and knows her job."
Nov 28, 2018

5.0

"very good"
Nov 18, 2018

5.0

"I have recommended to others and [...] "
Oct 29, 2018

5.0

"Very professional and reassuring. Took time with no rushing of appointment."
Oct 3, 2018

5.0

"i love all the staff in radiation !"
Sep 30, 2018

5.0

"Personable. Excellent information and explanations provided with supporting documentation. Thorough and digestible."
Aug 19, 2018

3.8

"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."