'Octomom' doctor wants license back

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The fertility expert who helped California's "Octomom" become pregnant with octuplets is trying to get his medical license restored, court records show.

An attorney for Michael Kamrava of Beverly Hills, Calif., contends in recently filed court documents that lifting his client's license to practice medicine was an overly harsh punishment fueled by "popular vilification" for his efforts to help Nadya Suleman conceive, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.


The state Medical Board pulled Kamrava's license effective July 1.

"The revocation of Dr. Kamrava's license is hardly necessary to protect the public," Kathy J. McCormick argues in the court filing. "In order for it to have been designed to protect the public, there must be an assumption that he would do this again."

Kamrava transferred 12 embryos into Suleman, who already had six children, in July 2008, something McCormick called "a perfectly legal procedure but the public (or at least the media) thought the procedure was repugnant."

The lawyer said it would have been more appropriate to let Kamrava keep his license and have another physician monitor his work.

"It is highly unlikely he would ever do this again," she said.


California Deputy Attorney General Judith T. Alvarado has countered that there was "clear and convincing evidence" Kamrava was "grossly negligent" in implanting a dozen embryos in Suleman.

The case will be up for a hearing Dec. 15 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the Times said.

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