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Octomom doctor won’t get license back, judge rules

December 15, 2011 |  2:16 pm


The fertility doctor who treated octuplets mom Nadya Suleman will not get his California medical license back, a judge ruled Thursday.

Beverly Hills fertility physician Michael Kamrava's appeal to the court to restore his license was rejected by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant.

Kamrava's lawyer had argued the state medical board's decision to take away his license was too harsh and a reaction to the "popular vilification" of Kamrava in the media.

A six-person panel of the medical board ordered Kamrava's license revoked effective July 1, concluding the physician "did not exercise sound judgment" when he transferred 12 embryos to Suleman in 2008.

The panel also found Kamrava committed repeated negligent acts while caring for a different fertility patient. In that case, he failed to flag an abnormal test result for the 42-year-old patient, and months later another doctor discovered the woman had ovarian cancer, the panel noted.

Documents: Medical board's decision | Kamrava's appeal

Kamrava's lawyer said an appropriate punishment would be to have another doctor monitor Kamrava in the future, writing that "it is highly unlikely he would ever do this again."

In a response, California Deputy Atty. Gen. Judith T. Alvarado wrote there was "clear and convincing evidence" that Kamrava was "grossly negligent."

"The board was not assured that oversight of [Kamrava's] practice through probation was sufficient to ensure public protection," Alvarado wrote. The board "concluded that revocation of [Kamrava's] certificate was necessary to protect the public."


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Photo: Dr. Michael Kamrava.  Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times