[UPDATED with Revocation Call:] Michael Kamrava, Octomom's Fertility Doctor, May Lose Medical License

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UPDATE, MAY 5, 1 P.M.: The California Medical Board should revoke the license to practice of Dr. Michael Kamrava, the fertility doctor for La Habra single mother of 14 Nadya Suleman, the "Octomom," a state prosecutor urged today.

State Deputy Attorney General Judith T. Alvarado contends revocation is the only way to protect the public from Kamrava.

But his attorney urged the panel to accept an administrative law judge's previously rejected recommendation that Kamrava receive probation with no revocation.

The six-member board, which met in a Los Angeles area hotel for a final hearing this morning, has 30 to 60 days to render a decision on the fate of the Beverly Hills physician's medical license. That ruling can be appealed through the court system.

Kamrava is accused of negligence in treating Suleman and two other patients. Henry Fenton, his lawyer, said his client is very sorry and has cleaned up his act, changing his entire staff. He wouldn't dare practice such negligence given the worldwide public scrutiny of the case, Fenton claimed.

But Alvarado argued such scrutiny since the birth of Suleman's last delivery of eight babies did not stop Kamrava from following up on an abnormal biopsy on a 42-year-old patient who received fertility treatment from him, delaying her diagnosis of ovarian cancer for months.

"Public scrutiny," Alvarado reportedly said, "doesn't work with him."

There's octo inside!
UPDATE, JAN. 24, 3:58 P.M.: Administrative Law Judge Daniel Juarez has found Dr. Michael Kamrava committed gross and repeated negligence in his care for Octomom Nadya Suleman of La Habra--but not so much that the Beverly Hills fertility doctor should lose his state license to practice medicine.

Juarez's recommendation is not binding; the California Medical Board can still disagree with the judge's finding and strip Kamrava of his license.

At the center of the medical board probe are: Kamrava's treatment of Suleman, a single mother who conceived all 14 of her children through his care; a 48-year-old who suffered complications after becoming pregnant with quadruplets; and a 42-year-old diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer after receiving fertility treatments.

Juarez found no lack of qualification, ability or fitness on Kamrava's part based on the evidence presented.

The judge added he suspects the doctor will not-so-aggressively treat another patient given the national exposure of the Octomom case.

Kamrava used 16 of Suleman's eggs to create 14 embryos before implanting a dozen of them in July 2008. The judge recommended Kamrava be allowed to continue practicing while undergoing monitoring and participating in ethics and medical-training courses. The medical board is expected to consider the recommendation at a Thursday meeting in Burlingame. The octuplets, who were born nine weeks premature, remain the world's longest-living group that size.

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Basically, the state power to revoke the license of a medical practitioner stems from all reasonable regulations that necessarily affect the public health, safety, and morals. This was the case of octomom's fertility doctor. In practice, fertility physicians must shun multiple births, because the process can put the maternal health at risk for serious complications or worst, death. Another thing is, crowding in a mother's uterus could also result in premature birth, cerebral palsy and other fetal problems.

Now, the query would be, was the case of the health practitioner considered medical malpractice? Take note, he became notorious for implanting 12 embryos- 6 times the normal number for a 33 year old woman. Imagine! That was one of the reasons why the medical board filed two lawsuits against Dr. Kamrava, negligence and failing to recommend Ms. Suleman to consult a mental health specialist. The latter was a case of malpractice because the fertility doctor omitted his duty of referring patient to another health provider (that is one of the elements of malpractice). However, take into consideration that not all clinically acquired complications are considered medical malpractice. For additional information concerning medical malpractice lawsuit you need to look into this informative article written by Mr. Haskell: Medical Mistakes -- A Primer on the Basics of Medical Malpractice. That will supplement everybody with information about medical issues, and will widen horizons about medical malpractice.

After scrutinizing the case, I believe that the decision given was for the best. The fact that the physician cited negative publicity, it would also be a way to refrain cases such as this from aggrandizing. 

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