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'Octomom' Nadya Suleman's Fertility Doctor Should Get Five Years' Probation, Judge Recommends

Los Angeles Times,  Jan 24, 2011

A judge has recommended that the Beverly Hills fertility doctor who assisted Nadya Suleman in conceiving octuplets be placed on five years' probation by the state medical board rather than have his license revoked, according to documents released Monday.

But Dr. Michael Kamrava could still lose his license if the medical board determines 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.

Administrative Law Judge Daniel Juarez found Kamrava committed gross and repeated negligence by twice implanting Suleman with multiple embryos in 2008. However, the judge found Kamrava was not incompetent or negligent in his treatment of Suleman from 2002 to 2007, as a prosecutor had argued.

The judge found the evidence presented during Kamrava’s administrative hearing failed to establish that his "IVF care and treatment showed an absence of qualification, ability or fitness." The judge also found it unlikely that Kamrava would repeat his mistake of implanting a patient with an excessive number of embryos, given the national publicity surrounding Suleman's case.

Juarez also found Kamrava negligent, but not incompetent, in his care of the two other patients involved in the case.

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