|Minister of Health of the Russian Federation|
21 May, 2012
1 November 1960 |
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Alma mater||Russian National Research Medical University|
Doctor of Sciences in medicine
Veroníka Ígorevna Skvortsóva (Russian: Верони́ка И́горевна Скворцо́ва; born November 1, 1960 in Moscow) is a Russian neurologist, politician, and since May 2012 the Minister of Health of the Russian Federation.
Born into a family of doctors, a physician in fifth generation, She graduated from school with a gold medal in 1977. In 1983, she graduated from training at the pediatric department of the Second Moscow Medical Institute (today called Russian National Research Medical University). In 1988, she graduated from the same department and received her PhD. From 1988 to 1997 she worked as Medical Laboratory Assistant and associate professor. In 1999, she became one of the founders of the National Association for the Fight Against Stroke. Since 2005, she was director of the Research Institute for Stroke in the Russian National Research Medical University. In July 2008, she was appointed Deputy Minister of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation. On May 21, 2012, she was appointed to the role of Minister of Health of the Russian Federation in Dmitry Medvedev's Cabinet. At the Seventieth World Health Assembly on May 11, 2017, she was elected 70th President of the World Health Organization, and only Ukraine protested her nomination. She has emphasized the importance of healthy lifestyles and noncommunicable diseases.