Yury Sumarokov graduated MD from the Arkhangelsk State Medical Institute in 1983. He worked as rural practitioner in Nyandoma district of Arkhangelsk oblast for 15 years.
He was then Chief Physician of Regional Psychiatry Hospital #1 (the biggest mental clinic in the North of Russia with 750 beds). During 2001-2003, he organised the Medical Information and Analytics Center in Arkhangelsk. During the same period, Yury was involved as an expert of the EU TACIS project in the areas of health management, prevention and primary health care. Since 2003 Yury has worked at the Northern State Medical University and coordinated the international co-operation program. He became a director of Arkhangelsk International School of Public Health (ISPHA) at the first stage of the project in 2006 – 2008. He was involved in ISPHA as co-teacher of MPH – training module “Mental Health and addictive behavior.” His major research interest focused on the problem of suicides among the indigenous and non-indigenous populations of Russian North. Yury Sumarokov is also a member of Nomination Committee of the University of the Arctic.