[UPDATED with Court Appeal:] Michael Kamrava, Fertility Doctor, Loses License
So, Kamrava has turned to another judge, this one at Los Angeles County Superior Court, to strike down the six-member Medical Board's ruling. Arguing revocation will impede his ability to make a living, Kamrava is asking the court to go along with the administrative law judge's recommendation for probation.
Without the court's intervention, Kamrava will lose his license on July 1. He can re-apply for one three years after that.
No other mother of -uplets or "victim of medical misdeeds" have been as vilified as La Habra's single mother of 14, argues William Heisel, who has exposed problems with the fertility industry, the trade in human body parts and the use of illegal drugs in sports during a career in investigative journalism that has included stops at the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register.
Heisel, writing for USC Annenberg School for Communications & Journalim's health page, accused the media of having lost the moral high ground from the time Suleman gave birth to the world's longest-surviving octuplets in January 2009 through last week, when her fertility doctor Michael Kamrava was informed he would lost his license to practice medicine in California. Referring to her as Octomom, writes Heisel (who admitted to twice doing so himself), "dehumanized" Suleman.
The media could have reframed the Suleman story by coming down hard on Kamrava, whom Heisel maintained put the lives of three mothers (including Octomom) in danger. In other words, she should be reported on as a victim, not a willing participant in the multiple-birth madness. His conclusion:
Suleman went to Kamrava as a troubled patient. A woman who wanted to have more children than any single parent could handle, she was treated instead by her physician as a customer. And now the media have chosen to treat her as a criminal.
At a minimum, she should be given the dignity of a real name.
"Fame whore" probably would not be a suitable alternative for Heisel.
And the single mother of 14 has really dipped deep into the D-list to pluck the "friends" who will be on hand (and in thong) to help her. The only one I'd heard of was Tila Tequila. I don't believe the others would bat a Dr. Drew casting director's eye: Capri Anderson, January Gessert and Violet Kowal. WTF? And by WTF, I mean Who The Fuck?
|Octo-ho's (from left): Kowal, Gessert, Anderson.|
Gessert was an unknown Calabassas waitress until she was seen leaving a restaurant with Kim Kardashian's then-boyfriend Reggie Bush one night in March 2010. The next morning, Gessert was spotted again, this time making the walk of shame from the USC football-program destroyer's house.
And Kowal was one of Mel Gibson's alleged mistresses. Wait a second, I think I blogged about her before. Hold on . . . Oh, yeah:
Fortunately for Octomom's La Habra neighbors, who have had it up to here with this shit, she's planning to hold her un-star-studded bikini car-wash fund-raiser in LA. Because they really "get" her there, you know? (Note to LA: Take her. Pleeeeease!) A June 18 date has been set, as have the prices to get, uh, buffed: $20 per car and $30 per SUV.
And the first 14 customers get to drive off with a kid!
UPDATE, JUNE 2, 11:11 A.M.: Hey, Octomom Nadya Suleman! How are you taking the news that your fertility doctor has lost his license to practice medicine in California in large part due to your in-vitro fertilization procedures?
Why, by frolicking on an Orange County beach in a two-piece, animal-print bikini, of course.
TMZ has full frames of the La Habra mother of 14's full figure, if anyone's interested.
UPDATE, JUNE 1, 5:14 P.M.: Dr. Michael Kamrava, the Beverly Hill fertility doctor who treated La Habra's Octomom Nadya Suleman, will not be licensed to practice medicine in California beginning July 1.
The California Medical Board, overruling an administrative-law judge, concluded that Kamrava treating patients puts the public at risk.
Click here to download the medical board decision.
It was a mistake for Kamrava to implant 12 embryos--six times the norm for a 33-year-old like Suleman--prior to the single mother of six's pregnancy by in-vitro fertilization that produced her octuplets, the board found in its 45-page decision.
"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 12 embryos to [Suleman]," wrote the board.
The judge in February recommended five years of probation for Kamrava, saying the negative publicity he had received would prevent him from acting so recklessly again. The board "adamantly" disagreed with that assessment, however.
Noting that Kamrava had already used bad press as an excuse for failing to care properly for another fertility patient who should have been referred to a cancer specialist, the decision states, "Accordingly, the board is not persuaded that relying on the public or the media to fulfill or supplement the board's public protection role is sound policy."
To Kamrava's tearful explanation that Suleman insisted on having so many embryos implanted and that she consented to undergoing fetal reduction if too many of the babies became viable, the board responded, "A fetal-reduction procedure has risks, including the loss of all pregnancy, and to assign even a scintilla of responsibility to a patient who becomes pregnant, and then elects not to follow through with a procedure that may jeopardize her (and possibly her family's) prized objective, is troubling and telling."
Kamrava, who was also faulted for his treatment of two other patients, can petition to the board to reconsider, but such a ruling is unlikely. By law, he can re-apply for a medical license in three years.
To date, Suleman's octuplets remain the world's longest-surviving set.
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."
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.