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Colleague Testifies in Octuplets Doctor's Case

Los Angeles Times,  Nov 18, 2010
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The Beverly Hills fertility doctor who assisted Nadya Suleman in conceiving octuplets was wrong to implant her with a dozen embryos but mostly respected her wishes and "standard" procedure, a fellow fertility specialist testified Wednesday at a state medical board hearing.

Dr. Michael Kamrava's medical license could be revoked if it is determined that he was grossly negligent in his treatment of Suleman 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.

Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg, who has worked in the fertility field for 35 years, was hired to interview Kamrava, review his records and testify before Administrative Law Judge Daniel Juarez in downtown Los Angeles as part of a series of hearings to evaluate Kamrava.

Steinberg said Kamrava's treatment was aggressive but justified because Suleman, who was in her 30s, had fertility problems more typical of an older woman and wanted a large family and because Kamrava's in vitro fertilization lab was having trouble getting patients pregnant.

In all, Kamrava helped Suleman conceive six children before the octuplets. Kamrava, who was present Wednesday, testified last month that before Suleman conceived the octuplets in July 2008, he had recommended implanting her with four instead of 12 embryos or using embryos she already had frozen; but she disagreed and he acquiesced, later realizing what he had done was wrong.

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