News Release June 2, 2011
MEDICAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA
June 1, 2011
Medical Board of California revokes license
of former Beverly Hills physician
SACRAMENTO The medical license of former Beverly Hills physician Michael M. Kamrava has been revoked by the Medical Board of California. "The mission of the Medical Board is public protection, and this action reflects the Board's ongoing commitment to that mission," said Linda Whitney, executive director of the Medical Board.
On December 22, 2009, the Medical Board filed an Accusation against Kamrava accusing him of violating Business and Professions (B&P) Code sections 2234(b) (Gross Negligence), and 2234(c) (Repeated Negligent Acts), when he repeatedly transferred an excessive amount of embryos into a patient, resulting in an octuplet pregnancy. Over the course of several years, prior to the transplant of these embryos, Kamrava repeatedly initiated a fresh cycle of oocyte retrieval when frozen embryos were available. Additionally, Kamrava never recommended or referred the patient to a mental health professional, although she was single and already had six children, all conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The Board also accused Kamrava of violating B&P code section 2266 (Inadequate Records) when he failed to maintain adequate records in his care and treatment of the patient.
An Amended Accusation was filed on June 30, 2010, additionally accusing Kamrava of violating B&P Code sections 2234 (b) (Gross Negligence), 2234(c) (Repeated Negligent Acts) , 2234(d) (Incompetence), and 2266 (Inadequate Records) in his care and treatment of two other patients. The first patient, in her late forties with three grown children, was married to a man in his early thirties. The patient was using a known donor, and although their situation was complex, Kamrava did not advise or refer them to counseling. Seven embryos were transplanted, resulting in a quadruplet pregnancy. The second patient had an abnormal cytology report, and Kamrava failed to perform testing to rule out ovarian cancer and failed to refer her to a specialist to rule out cancer. The Board also alleged Kamrava failed to appropriately document discussions he had with both patients regarding their treatment, consent, and the abnormal cytology report.
The Board subsequently found Kamrava guilty of gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and inadequate medical records in the first case. In the additional two cases, Kamrava was found guilty of gross negligence and repeated negligent acts in one case and guilty of repeated negligent acts in the other case.
On June 1, 2011, the Medical Board revoked the medical license of Michael Kamrava, effective July 1, 2011.
The public record documents in this case can be accessed on our Web site at www.mbc.ca.gov under the heading "Enforcement Public Documents."
The mission of the Medical Board is to protect health care consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professions and through the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act, and, to promote access to quality medical care through the Board's licensing and regulatory functions.
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