'Octomom' Nadya Suleman’s fertility doctor might lose license
A panel of California medical board members will meet Thursday morning to reconsider the case against the Beverly Hills fertility doctor who assisted Nadya Suleman in conceiving octuplets.
The board has already rejected a judge's recommendation that Dr. Michael Kamrave be allowed to keep his medical license, suggesting that they are considering harsher penalties.
Kamrava has been accused of gross negligence and incompetence in his treatment of Suleman, 35, of La Habra, and two other female patients: a 48-year-old who suffered complications after she became pregnant with quadruplets and a 42-year-old diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer after receiving fertility treatments.
Administrative Law Judge Daniel Juarez had recommended that the medical board place Kamrava on five years' probation rather than revoke his license.
The board rejected that finding.
The panel will hear oral arguments from the California attorney general's office and Kamrava's attorney. Any decisions will be first delivered in writing to Kamrava before it is made public.
Kamrava treated Suleman for more than a decade, helping her conceive all 14 of her children through in vitro fertilization, including the octuplets, who were born nine weeks premature in January 2009.
Juarez found that Kamrava committed gross and repeated negligence by implanting Suleman with an excessive number of embryos and that he also was negligent in his care of the two other patients. But Juarez also found that Kamrava successfully refuted the majority of the allegations against him and was unlikely to repeat his mistakes.
-- Rong-Gong Lin II
Photo: Fertility doctor Michael Kamrava appears before the state medical doard during a hearing in Los Angeles on Oct. 18. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times