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Medical group examining Beverly Hills fertility doctor in octuplets case

February 10, 2009 |  3:52 pm

Dr. Michael Kamrava, the director of the West Coast IVF Clinic, is questioned by reporters.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine said it is going to look into the case of the Whittier mother who gave birth to octuplets last month -- and who now has 14 children.

The mother, 33-year-old Nadya Suleman, went to a Beverly Hills doctor, whose fertility treatment led to the birth of her octuplets -- and her six previous children.

West Coast IVF Clinic is run by Dr. Michael M. Kamrava, who has declined to comment about the case. The California Medical Board previously announced an investigation, and the reproductive medicine society is now following suit.

"We are pleased that the California Medical Board has announced they will be investigating this matter, and we are prepared to assist them in any way we can," said R. Dale McClure, president of the society, in a statement.

"We too have contacted Ms. Suleman and the physician named in the interview in order to learn more about the circumstances leading to her octuplet pregnancy. Only when we obtain and evaluate such information will we be able to determine an appropriate course of action," McClure added.

According to federal records reviewed by The Times, of the 61 procedures Kamrava conducted in 2006 -- the most recent data available -- only five resulted in pregnancies and only two of those resulted in births. One of those births was Suleman's twins.

--Shelby Grad

Photo: Dr. Michael Kamrava, the director of the West Coast IVF Clinic, is questioned by reporters. Suleman named West Coast IVF Clinic as the place responsible for her pregnancies. Credit: Nick Ut / AP Photo

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