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Octomom’s fertility doc loses license

Perhaps implanting 12 embryos into a near-destitute woman who already had six children wasn’t the best career move.

Dr. Michael Kamrava, the fertility specialist who treated Nadya Suleman, the infamous “Octomom” just had his license revoked by the California state medical board. The revocation is effective July 1.

Kamrava has previously admitted implanting 12 embryos in Suleman — that’s six times more than medical guidelines recommend for a woman her age at the time of the procedure. Suleman had eight children as a result of the pregnancy. Kamrava said that Suleman insisted on the high number of embryos and agreed to undergo fetal reduction if she wound up carrying so many babies that their viability was at risk.

According to the board’s statement: “While the evidence did not establish [Kamrava] as a maverick or deviant physician, oblivious to standards of care in IVF practice, it certainly demonstrated that he did not exercise sound judgment in the transfer of twelve embryos.” The board also slammed his reliance on the use of fetal reduction procedures, since they carry their own medical risks and emotionally difficult for some patients to pursue.

Most fertility doctors avoid so-called “mega-births” because they put both the mother and the developing embryos at additional risk or extremely premature births and other serious birth defects or other illnesses.

Suleman’s children are the oldest known surviving octuplets. At the time of their birth, she had six other children, all of whom were conceived through Kamrava’s medical intervention as well.

The board noted that there were two other patients undergoing IVF treatments with whom Kamrava used questionable judgement which was a factor in the decision to revoke his license.

Kamrava can petition to have his license reinstated in three years.

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