Octo-Doc in Hot Water With State Medical Board

The fertility doctor who treated Nadya "Octomom" Suleman is accused of gross negligence and could now lose his medical license

The Beverly Hills fertility doctor who treated "Octomom" Nadya Suleman for 12 years, leading to the birth of all 14 of her children, was accused of "gross negligence" by the executive director of the California Medical Board, which will now decide whether his medical license should be suspended or revoked.

According to a complaint filed Dec. 22, Dr. Michael Kamrava displayed repeated negligence during his treatment of Suleman, beginning in 1997 and culminating in the Jan. 26, 2009, birth of her famed octuplets.

Including the octuplets, Kamrava's treatment of Suleman led to the birth of all 14 of her children, according to the complaint, which was signed by Medical Board Executive Director Barbara Johnston.

Kamrava, director of West Coast IVF Clinic in Beverly Hills, could not be reached for comment.

In addition to questioning his treatment methods, the complaint also faults Kamrava for not referring Suleman to a mental health professional after she repeatedly returned for fertility treatments, even after already having six children.

Suleman is never mentioned by name in the complaint, but is referred to only as "N.S."

"N.S. was a single woman who had multiple children, all conceived from IVF," according to the complaint. "Shortly after giving birth, N.S. repeatedly returned to (Kamrava) for consultation on more IVF cycles for additional pregnancies, without any period of delay.

"When N.S. returned to (Kamrava) in July 2005 following the birth of her fourth child and again in January 2007, following the birth of her twins -- her fifth and sixth children -- (Kamrava) failed to exercise appropriate judgment and question whether there would be harm to her living children and any future offspring should she continue to conceive," according to the complaint.

The complaint also noted that Kamrava implanted Suleman with a number of embryos "far in excess of the (American Society of Reproductive Medicine) recommendation and beyond the reasonable judgment of any treating physician."

ASRM expelled Kamrava in September, but his medical license was unaffected, allowing him to continue treating patients.

A hearing date has not yet been set on the Medical Board complaint.

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