Finally, the identity of the fertility doctor who treated octuplet mom Nadya Suleman has been unearthed. A video from 2006 reporting on infertility was run on KTLA-TV on Monday, showing Suleman being treated and advised on implanting embryos by Michael Kamrava of West Coast Infertility Clinic, Inc. The corporation’s president and director and is listed as Dr. Kamrava, an endocrinologist/gynecologist. Formerly located on Robertson Boulevard in Beverly Hills, a new office was opened by Kamrava on Wilshire Boulevard, and the door reads “LA Center for Embryo Plantation.” When reporters attempted to get inside for an interview, their knocks went unanswered. When interviewed on the “Today” show, Suleman revealed that Kamrava’s West Coast IVF Clinic helped her conceive all 14 of her children.
While fifty-seven year old Kamrava has no disciplinary action recorded against him, the Medical Board of California is reportedly investigating to see if there was a “violation of the standard of care” in this case. His physician/surgeon license will expire on November 30th of this year. A 1976 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Kamrava is noted as an “internationally recognized leader in the field of in-vitro fertilization whose work has led to breakthrough technology” on his website.
While Suleman said the same doctor performed all her procedures, she was contradicted by her mother, who claimed that she and her husband begged Nadya’s first fertility doctor to stop treating their daughter, which is when Nadya went to another doctor.
The L.A. Times reported that, despite his evident “success” with these octuplets, Kamrava’s success rate is said to be “one of the worst success rates of any fertility clinic in the country.” In 2006, he performed 61 procedures, which resulted in five pregnancies and only two births, one of them Suleman’s twins. Other reports state that he performed only 20 procedures that year, but the success rate was the same. Due to Kamrava’s low success rate, a professional association offered to help him improve his record.
Kamrava is also reported to implant an average of 3.5 embryos, while the national average is 2.3, which medical ethicists say is the norm for a woman under 35. This is reportedly more embryos than all but ten of 426 fertility clinics in the country. Suleman claimed he implanted six embryos in her each time. Dr. John Jain of Santa Monica Fertility Specialists stated, “He’s tried some novel techniques and some of those methods have been controversial.” Jain feels that Kamrava has “. . . really stepped outside the guidelines in a very extreme manner, and as such, put both the mother and children at extra high risk of disability and even death.”