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Judge says 'octomum' doctor should be allowed to see patients

31 January 2011
Appeared in BioNews 593

A US judge has recommended that Dr Michael Kamrava, a Beverly Hills fertility doctor responsible for providing IVF to 'Octomum' Ms Nadya Suleman, should be allowed to continue practising as a doctor.

Administrative Law Judge Daniel Juarez recommended Dr Kamrava receives five years probation for his treatment of Ms Suleman and other patients saying the evidence presented did not prove 'an absence of qualification, ability or fitness'.

Judge Juarez said that Dr Kamrava 'succeeded in presenting a defence to the majority of the allegations' and should be allowed to keep his medical licence. He said women would be 'adequately protected by a period of probation that includes, among other things, terms and conditions requiring (Dr Kamrava) to complete an ethics course'.

The Medical Board of California had accused Dr Kamrava of negligence for transferring above the recommended number of embryos to Ms Suleman in the course of her treatment. A licensing panel heard previously how Dr Kamrava transferred 12 embryos at the request of Ms Suleman which resulted in the birth of octuplets in January 2009.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines state that women under the age of 35 should transfer no more than two, and preferably only one, fertilised embryo at any one time. For women aged over 40, the limit is five. The ASRM removed Dr Kamrava from its register in 2009, although it does not have the power to revoke medical licences.

The final decision regarding Dr Kamrava's fate is going to be made by The Medical Board of California, which was scheduled to discuss the case last week.

Judge: Octomom's Doc Should Continue Seeing IVF Patients
Time Healthland |  27 January 2011
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14 February 2011 - by MacKenna Roberts 
'Octomum' fertility doctor, Dr Michael Kamrava, could still be struck off despite a judge's recommendation to the contrary, according to a decision made by the Medical Board of California, the state's medical licensing body....
25 October 2010 - by Julianna Photopoulos 
US fertility doctor Dr Michael Kamrava implanted a total of 12 embryos into 'Octomum' Nadya Suleman, a licensing hearing is told....
19 July 2010 - by Louise Mallon 
The fertility doctor who helped 'Octomum' Nayda Suleman conceive octuplets transferred seven embryos to another woman, according to the Medical Board of California...
10 January 2010 - by Nisha Satkunarajah 
A disciplinary complaint has been filed by the California State Medical Board against Dr Micheal Kamrava, the fertility doctor who controversially assisted Nadya Suleman to give birth to octuplets in January 2009. Barbara Johnston, the executive director of the board, filed the complaint, which accuses Dr Kamrava of negligence and violation of professional guidelines. No date has yet been set for the hearing which could potential result in Dr Kamrava's licence being revoked or suspended....
14 November 2009 - by Jenny Dunlop 
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20 October 2009 - by Antony Starza-Allen 
The US fertility doctor responsible for transplanting six embryos into a woman who gave birth to octuplets last January has been struck off by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) - although he is still able to practice as membership of the professional society is only voluntary....
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