Virinder Moudgil to head Lawrence Tech University
After 36 years as educator and researcher at Oakland University, Michigan, Dr Virinder K Moudgil,
senior vice president for academic affairs
and provost, is leaving to become president
of Lawrence Technological University in
Southfield, Michigan. He assumes office
‘This is wonderful news, but it also is a
bittersweet moment for Oakland
University,’ said Gary D Russi, president,
Oakland University. ‘We will soon bid
farewell to one of the most influential and
most respected faculty members and
administrators in the institution’s history,’
Moudgil said, ‘I have enjoyed and cher-
ished my time at Oakland University and
have grown with it as it has grown with me
and others. We started numerous initia-
tives and brought new and relevant aca-
demic programs to the campus, were hosts
to (now former Indian) President (A P J)
Abdul Kalam, (N R) Narayana Murthy of
Infosys and Professor C N R Rao and hon-
ored them with honorary degrees. Last
November we hosted the Republican presi-
dential candidates’ debate on campus. The
institution has evolved from a small region-
al campus of Michigan State University to a
doctoral research university status. We
brought a law school on campus and last
year launched a brand new Oakland
University William Beaumont School of
medicine with a charter class of 50 stu-
Dr Virinder K Moudgil, right, with Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy
dents. I am very proud of these evolution-
While serving as an administrator, he
maintained a breast cancer research lab
that recruited graduate and undergraduate
student research assistants. ‘When I come
in the lab, I feel good. When I go to the
office, I feel good,’ Moudgil said about his
14 to 16 hour work days.
Harvinder Sahota, right,
at the award function
Dr Harvinder Sahota, who was honored by the American Heart Association of Orange County, California, isnotedforinventionsinthefieldofcar-
diology. But his research is not limited to medicine; he
recently invented an anti-theft mechanism for credit cards.
The AHA honored him for his contributions to cardiovascular science, medicine and research and his significant
achievements in interventional cardiology. His invention,
the Federal Drug Administration-approved perfusion balloon, is used all over the world to treat heart patients.
He has performed the first coronary angioplasty in many
places around the world including: India, Mexico, Russia,
Ukraine, and United States.
“When I started training after graduation in 1965, there
were no pacemakers or defibrillators,” Sahota said.
“There were no heart surgeries or angioplasty. Very few
drugs were available for blood pressure or diabetes and no
drug for lowering cholesterol. So I saw the history in mak-
ing and was part of it and some way made history.”
He invented the perfusion balloon in 1978. It lets blood
flow to the heart when inflated in a way a non-perfusion
balloon cannot. Because of the blood-flow quality, the per-
fusion balloon can be inflated for hours without causing
damage to the heart.
Sahota, who has 30 United States patents to his credit
and applications pending for more, pointed out that South
Asians are more prone to heart diseases.
“A gene found in South Asians is one reason,” he said.
“Many Indians eat heavy food, ( with) very little to no exer-
cise. Another reason is the general lack of awareness about
heart disease. As for the Indians in America, one major
factor that contributes to heart problem is stress, heavy
meals and sedentary lifestyle.”
“Indians in America are tackling two cultures,” he said.
“Children born here are confused as they live in two cul-
tures and values, one at home and another outside. Those
children who come here later in the teenage years are dif-
ferent from those who are born here. There are advantages
of having large families here, whether or not they live
He is chairman, Emergency Medicine Commission,
Orange County, California, and research director and advi-
sory board member, Metro Hospital-Heart Institute, New
Delhi, and Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.
Born in Punjab, Sahota earned his medical degree from
the Patiala Medical College. He continued his training in
Britain for seven years then came to the US in 1974. He
completed a two-year cardiology fellowship at the
University of Rochester in New York, moved to Los
Angeles in 1977 and started practicing cardiology in 1978.