Octomom's fertility doctor may lose his license

The California Medical Board will decide whether to suspend or revoke the license of the fertility doctor who helped a woman conceive octuplets a year ago. KPCC’s Steve Julian reports.

The allegations against Doctor Michael Kamrava stem from his treatment that helped Nadia Suleman conceive 14 children, including octuplets last January. The medical board accused the Beverly Hills doctor of gross negligence in three instances: transferring too many embryos, repeatedly transferring fresh embryos when frozen ones were available, and failing to refer Suleman for a mental health evaluation.

Kamrava’s attorney contends fertility patients usually aren’t screened for mental health problems unless there’s overt evidence of pathology – and that pathology was absent in Suleman. Kamrava has for years hosted a show on an Iranian radio station in southern California; he claims to have invented a method that places a fertilized egg in the uterine lining, affording women a better chance of pregnancy.

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