Alex Lickerman, MD

Alex Lickerman, MD

Founder, Chief Medical Officer, and Direct Primary Care Physician

Practice is full
Internal Medicine
ImagineMD, West Loop

Founder and Chief Medical Officer of ImagineMD, Alex Lickerman, direct primary care physician at ImagineMD, spent the first 20 years of his career as a leader at one of the top academic medical centers in the world, the University of Chicago, where he ran primary care for seven years and taught generations of today’s leaders in medicine. There he enjoyed a reputation as “a doctor’s doctor,” caring for many physicians who are themselves today considered leaders in their fields. He is a master clinician, routinely diagnosing medical problems that leave other doctors puzzled.

A nationally recognized speaker on the topic of resilience, his book, The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self, details evidence-based steps one can take to increase resilience and formed the basis of the landmark Resilience Project, which he created while at the University of Chicago. His second book, The Ten Worlds: The New Psychology of Happiness, details an entirely new psychological paradigm that explains how it’s possible to achieve a kind of happiness that can’t be destroyed by anything. Living by medicine’s most famous aphorism, “The secret of the care of the patient lies in caring for the patient,” he counts his tenacity in designing preventive care interventions, managing acute and chronic disease, and making the right diagnoses as his greatest strengths.

Dr. Lickerman lives in Chicago with his wife and son. He counts exercising, reading, writing, and lively conversation among his favorite pastimes.

FUN FACTDr. Lickerman wrote a television pilot called Sessions that was optioned by DreamWorks Television, as well as several movie screenplays, including an adaptation of Milton’s Paradise Lost.


COLLEGE: The University of Chicago, BA English ‘88

MEDICAL SCHOOL: Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, MD ‘92

RESIDENCY: The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

SPECIALTY: Board Certified in Internal Medicine



Articles by Alex Lickerman, MD

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When Doctors Don’t Know What’s Wrong

4/26/09 – The first patient I ever saw as a first year resident came in with a litany of complaints, not one of which I remember today except for one: headaches. The…Read More

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An Alternative to Willpower for Losing Weight

3/24/13 – A common belief, even among doctors, is that almost no one succeeds in losing weight in the long term. And for almost two decades, I’ve counted myself among the skeptics,…Read More

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The Five Questions Patients Should Ask Their Doctors

7/8/12 – I once had a patient in whom I found a small breast lump. She was only thirty-two, and the lump was soft, non-tender, and mobile. But it was new. She…Read More