Veronika Skvortsova was born in Moscow on November 1, 1960.
She graduated from the 2nd Pirogov Moscow State Medical Institute in 1983 and completed a Postgraduate Clinical Residency Programme and an Advanced Postgraduate Programme specializing in neuropathology. In 1994, she qualified as a higher category neurologist.
After graduating, she worked for the 2nd Moscow State Medical Institute (the Russian State Medical University since 1991) for 25 years.
Veronika Skvortsova became head of one of Russia’s first neurology emergency services at Moscow’s 1st municipal hospital established on the basis of the neurology clinic of the 2nd Moscow State Medical Institute in 1989.
In 1989–1995, she served as assistant and, in 1995–1997, as assistant professor at the Neuropathology Department of the Russian State Medical University.
She became Head of the Fundamental and Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery Department in 1997.
Veronika Skvortsova was appointed Director of the Russian Stroke Research Institute in 2005.
She was Deputy Minister of Healthcare and Social Development from 2008 to 2012.
Veronika Skvortsova was appointed Minister of Healthcare by Presidential Executive Order No. 650 of May 21, 2012.
She is vice-president and co-founder of the National Stroke Association, director of the World Stroke Organization and secretary general of the European Stroke Council.
She is a Doctor of Medicine, Professor, and Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences.
Veronika Skvortsova is an Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation.
She has been awarded an Order of Honour and won the Pirogov Prize and Moscow Government Prize in Medicine.
She is the author of more than 400 research papers and holds seven patents for her inventions.