Octomom Doc Challenges License Revocation

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011  |  Updated 6:22 AM PDT
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Octomom Doc Challenges License Revocation

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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.

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The Beverly Hills fertility doctor who treated octuplet mother Nadya Suleman has gone to court to challenge the state Medical Board's decision to revoke his license.

Dr. Michael Kamrava, representing himself, filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday asking for a stay of the scheduled July 1 revocation pending a court hearing.

"Revocation of his license would be detrimental to his ability to earn a living and be gainfully employed,'' according to the petition.

Instead of a revocation, Kamrava wants a judge to instead adopt an administrative law judge's December recommendation that would place him on probation for five years under specified terms and conditions.

The Medical Board rejected that recommendation, and on June 1, it announced it was revoking his license based on his treatment of Suleman and two other women.

"The board is cognizant of (Kamrava's) changes in his practice and his completion of professionalism and record-keeping courses,'' according to the board's 44-page decision.

"However, when the board exercises its disciplinary functions, public protection is paramount. The board is not assured that oversight through probation is enough, and having weighed the above, has determined that revocation of (Kamrava's) certificate is necessary to protect the public.''

The Beverly Hills fertility doctor acknowledged implanting 12 embryos into Suleman, then 33, 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.
 

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