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Judge Refuses to Reinstate Octomom Doc's License

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant said the Medical Board made the right decision



    In 2007, Kamrava's clinic transferred an average of 4.1 embryos per treatment to women under 35 — higher than the national average of 2.2 embryos for the same age group.

    A judge refused Tuesday to reinstate the medical license of the Beverly Hills fertility doctor who treated octuplet mother Nadya Suleman.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant said the Medical Board made the right decision when it revoked Dr. Michael Kamrava's right to practice in California.


    "Revocation is the proper remedy here,'' Chalfant said.

    The doctor filed court papers in June asking that he be placed on probation under specified terms and conditions instead of losing his license altogether.

    An administrative law judge had originally made that recommendation, but the state Medical Board rejected that proposal and ruled June 1 that it was revoking Kamrava's license based on his treatment of Suleman and two other women.

    Kamrava has acknowledged implanting 12 embryos into Suleman prior to the pregnancy that produced her octuplets. She has a total of 14 children -- all of whom were conceived as a result of Kamrava's treatment.

    In an earlier petition to the court, Lawyers for Kamrava said revocation of his license would be "detrimental to his ability to earn a living and be gainfully employed."

    But Chalfant said Kamrava committed a "serious breach'' of medical standards by failing to refer Suleman for a mental evaluation when she insisted on the transfer of a dozen embryos, even though she already had six children.

    During the hearing, deputy Attorney General Judith Alvarado told Chalfant, "He knew what he was doing was wrong.''

    Chalfant referred to Suleman as "an extreme narcissistic, self-absorbed person,'' and said Kamrava "deviated from the standards of care'' when he agreed to her demand for the embryo implants. The judge even suggested that the Medical Board should have done more to sanction Kamrava.

    Kamrava's attorneys indicated they would appeal Chalfant's ruling.

    The revocation took effect July 1.

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