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"Octo-Doc" Subject Of Several Lawsuits

Feb. 10 2009, Published 5:07 a.m. ET

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The Beverly Hills fertility doctor who implanted Octuplet mom Nadya Suleman has had several lawsuits filed against him in the past, has learned.

Dr. Michael Kamrava of West Coast IVF Clinic in Beverly Hills has been the target of several medical malpractice and general negligence suits, according to court documents obtained by

In one of the lawsuits, a 19-year old woman sued several people, including Dr. Kamrava for negligence after she claimed a misdiagnosis in her pre-natal care led to her baby being stillborn.

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In another of the suits, a patient sued Dr. Kamrava claiming to have "sustained damages due to the impropriety in the case, diagnosis and treatment, including but not limited to over medicating and providing for artificial insemination at an inappropriate time". has learned that Dr. Kamrava has been sued at least 12 times. Most of those lawsuits were dismissed. We are still working to get in touch with him for comment.

Meanwhile, the L.A. Times says that after reviewing federal records, it has found that Dr. Kamrava has one of the worst success rates of any fertility clinic in the country.

According to federal records reviewed by the Times, of the 61 procedures Kamrava conducted in 2006 -- the most recent data available -- only five resulted in pregnancies and only two of those resulted in births. One of those births was Suleman's twins.

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"These are the worst numbers I've ever seen. This is absurdly low," said Dr. Mark Surrey, another fertility specialist in Beverly Hills.

But in Suleman, Kamrava found a patient who got pregnant and gave birth every time. For seven years, Suleman attempted to get pregnant through artificial insemination and fertility drugs. When she finally tried in vitro fertilization at Kamrava's clinic, it worked the first time, and each time after that.

The clinic has been the subject of growing controversy as questions mount into Suleman's repeated in vitro fertilation. Suleman gave birth to Octuplets last month. She already had had 6 children, also through in vitro.


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