BA 2000, Brian Lamb School of Communication and Political Science
Director of Government Affairs, Edwards Lifesciences
Leah Kegler is the Director of Government Affairs at Edwards Lifesciences, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring.
Previously, Leah was a Vice President for Government Affairs at the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) where her primary focus is working with Capitol Hill and patient & provider organizations on regulatory and payment issues that affect the medical technology industry.
During the George W. Bush Administration, she served as an Associate Director with the National Economics Council at the White House where she worked on health care financing policy. Prior to her work with the NEC, she was the Director of Partnership at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and played a significant role in the development and execution of the outreach and education campaign during the implementation of the Medicare drug benefit.
On Capitol Hill, Leah served as a health policy advisor to the Senate Committee on Finance’s majority staff during the writing and negotiating of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. Her work with the Committee focused on the low-income Medicare drug benefit, the Medicaid program, and child welfare programs. Ms. Kegler earned a master’s degree from the LBJ School at the University of Texas and attended Purdue University for her undergraduate degree.