Dr. Michael Kamrava and Nadya Suleman
Jordan Strauss/WireImage; Nancy Pastor/Polaris
06/01/2011 at 07:00 PM EDT
California will yank the medical license of the Beverly Hills fertility doctor who implanted 12 embryos into "Octomom" Nadya Suleman three years ago.
Dr. Michael Kamrava will lose his license effective July 1, said the state Medical Board, in a decision more severe than an administrative law judge's recommendation that Kamrava get probation for five years.
At a hearing last year, Kamrava apologized
for implanting the embryos into Suleman instead of referring the 33-year-old unemployed single mother of six to a mental-health evaluation.
The board found that Kamrava "did not exercise sound judgment" in treating Suleman and two other patients – a 48-year-old who had complications after becoming pregnant with quadruplets and a 42-year-old who contracted ovarian cancer after fertility treatments.
The board found that Kamrava "committed gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and incompetence."
Kamrava's attorneys had argued that Suleman could have terminated some of the fetuses, that the negative publicity surrounding the Octomom case is a sufficient deterrent, and that Kamrava had learned his lesson.