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Tony Juneja, MD

Candidate for Region IV Director

Biography and Statement

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1. What are your greatest contributions to ASAM and the field of addiction medicine?

My greatest contributions to ASAM and to the field of addiction medicine has centered around my work in innovating a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program that can be delivered in urban, suburban, and rural areas targeting the opioid epidemic. From 2013 to 2016, I was the chairman of the Opioid Task Force in Ocean County, NJ. The primary goal of the task force was to provide an arena for patients and their families to come and receive the critical material to learn and understand the disease of addiction with the overall goal of decreasing the number of overdoses. In that role, I facilitated the monthly town hall meetings, worked on a comprehensive pilot program for MAT, held Narcan trainings for about 600 Ocean County residents, played an integral role in impacting policy at the state level in regards to Narcan trainings, and held psychoeducational, wellness, and CPR classes. In the years that followed, I led the development of a telemedicine platform that is now covered by United Healthcare, Aetna and NJFamilycare Medicaid. In terms of leadership, I am the Chair and Board Trustee of the NJPA Public Education Committee and have also been a member of the Committee for more than a decade. I'm currently working with the New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services to develop a model for physicians and patients throughout the state to use so that we can increase access to MAT. In this model, we want to lay out the workflow for urban, suburban, and rural clinicians to be able to efficiently and effectively get opioid addicted patients on MAT. The goal is, again: to decrease the number of overdoses and deaths related to opioids. Also, I am on the Board of Directors of NJSAM and I am the Medical Director for two of the largest behavioral health agencies in New Jersey. Lastly, I am very committed to educating young doctors of the future. I am currently the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Director at Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey. Our goal there is to deliver a comprehensive state of the art addiction medicine training program.

2. How would your election benefit ASAM and the field of addiction medicine?

Due to my rare combination of education, training, and experience (triple boarded in psychiatry, addiction medicine, and integrative medicine and am fully trained in psychoanalysis and have done a two year training in organizational and system dynamics), I can confidently say that I have been at the forefront of opioid addiction treatment innovation. I have in-depth insights into DEA regulations, individual patient dynamics, family dynamics, and day to day business operations that are involved in tackling this multi-faceted problem. This unique combination of educational trainings and 15 years of clinical leadership experiences would allow me to bring these unique perspectives to ASAM. If elected to regional director, I can assure you that my skill set will be extremely useful in understanding and developing policies and programs that are helpful to all ASAM stakeholders.

Biographical Sketch

Tony Rajiv Juneja, M.D., M.S., is triple board-certified in Adult Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, and Integrative Medicine. Prior to entering medical school, he underwent graduate training in Neurosciences at Northwestern University. He completed his psychiatric training in New York City at St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital Center, a Columbia University Hospital, where he was Chief Resident in his final year. After graduating from his residency training, he was a fellow in psychoanalysis at New York University, completed a two-year program in organizational and system dynamics at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology, and recently completed the adult four-year training in psychoanalysis at The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York City. Dr. Raj was the Chairman of the Opioid Task Force in Ocean County, NJ from 2013 to 2016. His efforts/work eventually culminated in the development of the first digital health mobile app, Manage Addiction Lifeline, which is a component of integrative treatment for opioid use disorder and now a part of both the commercial and Medicaid network systems. At the age of six, Dr. Raj moved to Rockford, IL from New Delhi, India with his family and began what he later recognized to be a journey of transition and transformation. His initial desire to become a doctor mainly stemmed from cultural and familial pressures to "do the right thing and feel good enough." Only much later when he completed his medical degree did he begin looking for real understanding of self at which time he began working with a psychoanalyst. He says, "I was standing in my medical school graduation commencement line at the Lincoln Center in NYC when it hit me, that I didn't feel any different in terms of my self-worth having acquired my medical degree than I did without it. Ultimately, I realized that self-worth is something we’re born with, and can never be sustained or found externally; it must be re-discovered within when lost in the midst of the outside world.” Dr. Raj is the author of the book, You Are More Than That, which dives into his understanding of how one re-discovers oneself.