Meet Val Arkoosh
Commissioner Val Arkoosh is a doctor, a parent of three, and a staunch advocate for ensuring that all Pennsylvania families have an opportunity to live healthy, safe, and productive lives.
For Val, as a young girl in the 1960s, the idea of becoming a physician seemed impossible. But at just six years old, a medical scare forced her to undergo extensive medical testing when doctors feared she might have cancer. That experience made an impact. Val decided to become a doctor to one day help other families get the best care possible. Val has spent nearly three decades in southeastern Pennsylvania working with patients and families from every walk of life.
As a doctor, Val has led two local medical school departments, supervised hundreds of employees, and returned a department with a multi-million dollar budget deficit to fiscal stability, while improving patient care. Fed up with seeing too many of her patients fall through the cracks, she studied public health policy, entered public service and went on to lead a national coalition of physicians advocating for health care reform.
As Vice-Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Val is dedicated to improving the infrastructure, health care, and quality of life in Montgomery County, her long-time home. Val previously served as Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Health and in 2012, she helped lead Josh Shapiro’s transition team when Democrats assumed County leadership for the first time in over 140 years.
Val chose to step up and serve in her first elected position because she believes that a healthy community is one where we all do better — where good jobs, healthy neighborhoods, and first-rate schools are available to everyone.
Val will continue to work closely with Josh Shapiro to bring innovative reforms to county government and improve services for children and seniors while ensuring an efficient and effective government. Dr. Arkoosh served most recently as Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Springfield Township with her husband, Jeff Harbison, and their three teenage children Ian, Trevor, and Olivia.