Founder and Chairwoman of the Board of Associação Saúde Criança, she was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, MD as a General Practitioner graduated in 1975 from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. From 1978 to 1998, she worked at the Hospital da Lagoa founding in 1979 the Psychosomatic Department. In 1991, she founded the Associação Saúde Criança, based in Rio de Janeiro, a social organization working with a pioneering methodology to promote the well-being of socially vulnerable families, with long-term results, proven by researchers at Georgetown University. Over the course of 26 years, Vera has enabled the creation of 23 similar NGOs near public hospitals in 6 states in Brazil and others social entrepreneurs have spread the methodology in many countries all over the world and influenced public policy in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
She has been rewarded various prizes by institutions from around the world.
She is an Ashoka fellow, a Skoll Foundation awardee, Schwab Foundation social entrepreneur, an Avina leader, a member of the World Council of Ashoka, a member of the Academic Medicine of Rio de Janeiro and from 2005-2011 a Board member of PATH: A Catalyst for Global Health.