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State Board Accuses Octomom's Doctor of Negligence

State Board Accuses Octomom's Doctor of Negligence

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January 06, 2010

LOS ANGELES – The fertility doctor who Nadya Suleman claimed helped her conceive her brood of 14 has been formally accused of negligence and violation of professional guidelines by the California Medical Board.

The state licensing body said Monday that Beverly Hills fertility doctor Michael Kamrava acted “beyond the reasonable judgment of any treating physician” by repeatedly providing fertility treatment to a woman identified in the complaint only by the initials “N.S.”

Suleman has previously identified Kamrava as her doctor. The document says his patient became pregnant with octuplets. Suleman gave birth to the world’s longest-living set of octuplets on Jan. 26, 2009. She already had six other children.

Kamrava is accused of gross negligence in three instances: transferring too many embryos, repeatedly transferring fresh embryos when frozen ones were available, and failing to refer Suleman for a mental health evaluation.

Kamrava is also accused of giving Suleman too much of a hormone while stimulating in vitro fertilization, poor record keeping and “failure to recognize that N.S.’s behavior was outside the norm and that her conduct was placing her offspring at risk for potential harm.”

Calls to Kamrava’s office Monday were not returned. However, his attorney Peter Osinoff said fertility patients aren’t typically screened for mental health problems “unless there is overt evidence of pathology, and there was not overt evidence of pathology, that will be our argument.”

He added that Kamrava wants to continue practicing medicine.

Dr. Richard Paulson, who heads the fertility program at the University of Southern California, said it sounds like Kamrava did nothing “to prevent this disaster.”

“An octuplet pregnancy, in my opinion, is a disaster,” said Paulson, who has no role in the case.

Suleman has said she underwent the in vitro treatment that bore octuplets because she didn’t want her frozen embryos to go to waste. However, the complaint said Kamrava never used frozen embryos in her pregnancies, and his lawyer said Suleman requested fresh embryos be used to improve chances of success.

A call to Suleman’s lawyer, Jeff Czech, was not returned Monday.

The document reveals Suleman underwent a long series of fertility treatments from 1997 to 2008 under Kamrava’s care.

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