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Opening statements underway in Medical Board hearing for ‘Octomom’ doctor

October 18, 2010 | 10:41 am

The fertility doctor who treated octuplets mother Nadya Suleman "deliberately" ignored standard medical practices and should have his medical license revoked, Deputy Atty. Gen. Judith Alvarado said in opening statements Monday morning.

The Medical Board of California has accused Dr. Michael Kamrava of gross negligence related to Suleman's case as well as a second case of a 48-year-old woman who became pregnant with quadruplets.

Alvarado described Kamrava as a doctor whose practice "was littered with multiple extreme and simple departures from the standard of care for an [in vitro fertilization] specialist."

"This is not a situation of not knowing better, but rather of deliberately ignoring the stanadrds of care," Alvarado said. "He chose to engage in an unsafe pattern of practice that spanned over a number of years," she said, arguing the doctor transferred "an excessive number of embryos" and ignored screening guidelines.

Kamrava's attorney, Henry Fenton, described his client in opening statements as a "respected physician and surgeon" who is "still friendly" with Suleman and the other patient included in the complaint.

"Dr. Kamrava at all times was very concerned with his patients," Fenton said.

He said that as a result of the cases included in the complaint, "particularly the one that has gotten worldwide publicity," the doctor "does adhere strictly to the guidelines" for in vitro fertilization.

Kamrava has already been expelled from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine for a pattern of behavior detrimental to the industry. He continues to practice in Beverly Hills.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Dr. Michael Kamrava appears before the Medical Board of California. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times