Dr. Michael Kamrava has acknowledged implanting Suleman with 12 embryos, which is six times what is normal for a woman her age. The pregnancy resulted in her having octuplets. They were born in January 2009.
The judge said revoking Kamrava's license is too severe, but he should be placed on probation for his substandard treatment of Suleman and two other patients.
The Medical Board of California, which has final say, will review the case on Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.