Octomom Doctor Loses License

I suspect most people recall the events that lead to Nadya Suleman being renamed “Octomom.”   I commented on the story a few times here.    She ended up with fourteen children under the age of eight, the last eight being born as the result of IVF in which the doctor transferred 12 embryos.   

Now comes the news that the doctor–Michael Kamrava–will lose his license July 1.   The Suleman case was not the only problem for Dr. Kamrava, though no details of the two other cases are disclosed.   

Perhaps we can agree that something went wrong in the treatment of Ms. Suleman, even if we cannot agree on exactly what was wrong.    It’s interesting to note that Dr. Kamrava’s defense was that he was simply doing what his patient’s wanted.    Maybe this was a moment he should have interposed professional judgment instead of bowing to his patient’s wishes.   Seems so to me and, I guess, the California medical board.  

And this makes me realize that I haven’t heard a word about the octuplets in some time.  Probably just as well.

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4 responses to “Octomom Doctor Loses License

  1. marilynn huff

    The customer is not always write especially when it comes to things that require special knowledge and licence to practice. to sell. He was suppose to know better which I’m sure he did, its just doing the right thing does not bring in the dough.

    • Indeed–I think that’s why it is not an acceptable defense in the license revocation process. With medical training (as with legal training) comes and obligation to exercise professional judgment. Sometimes you do have to say “no.”

  2. Dale L. Bigelow

    I will not pass judgement on the doctor, instead I must believe he is an exceptional doctor who made a bad judgement call. I would like to know the doctors method to be so successful with the embryol transfers, did he use fertility drugs to enhance her chances, or did he work with temp, cramps, mucous, or tests to determine HER most fertile day. there are couples who would give anything for one child.

    • He certainly made an exceptionally bad judgment call and it would appear to me that he didn’t anticipate being nearly as successful with the transfers as he turned out to be. I’m willing to sanction doctors for poor judgment, though. We rely on them to exercise professional judgment and if they demonstrate that they cannot do that (or fail to do it in specatcular ways) then sanctions are fine with me.

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