David Mankuta, MD

Head of Labor and Delivery
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hadassah Medical Center, Ein Karem
Jerusalem, Israel



• (1976-1983): Medical school, Ben Gurion University-Israel, M.D
• (1990-1997): Residency, Soroka Medical Center-Israel, Obstetrics and Gynecology
• (1997-99): Fellowship, Toronto University, Maternal- Fetal Medicine
• (2000-2002): MA health organization, Ben Gurion University- Israel, Health Management



• (2012-2014)- Director of Maternal-Fetal Unit Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center ,Jerusalem ,Israel
• (2002 -11)- Director of labor and delivery center Hadassah University Hospital
• (2005)- Member, Medical School Admissions Committee
• (2005 – 08)- Member, Israeli Medical Association Committee of Basic Sciences in Obs &Gyn
• (2008 -13)- Member, Hadassah Medical School Educational Committee
• (2008)-Member, National Audit Committee on Maternal-Fetal Medicine
• (2009 -13)- Member, Hadassah Research Committee
• (2009)- Member, International Maternal Health Task Force
• (2010 -13)- Director, Behavioral Perinatal Geneticresearch Laboratory at Hadassah
• (2012)- Senior Lecturer Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine
• (2012-2013)- Member of Israel- Canada Hebrew University research group on Autism
• (2011-3)- Member, COST (European Union Committee of Research on Autism)
• (2013-4)- Chairman ,committee of internship ,Hebrew University Medical school
• (2014)- Member of the Israeli National internship board examination

Research Interest

His research interests include: Maternal-Fetal aspects of mental helath, Biological markers of Autism during pregnancy.

Scientific Activities

Awards and prizes

• 1983 Completed 6th year of medical school with Honors
• 1985 Award of the President of Israel Haim Hertzog ,for medical contribution made to the community
• 1996 Elected as the” Best Lecturer” by 6th year medical students BGU
• 1999 Prize of the Admiral of the Israeli Navy for “Creative thinking”
• 2005-08 “Best teacher” list . Hebrew University Medical School
• 2012- Prize of the chairman of Hadassah to Bat Ami- sexual attack relief team (group prize)
• 2012- “Best teacher” list. Hebrew University Medical School
• 2013 -“Best teacher” list. Hebrew University Medical School

National and international committees

• 2007-11 Israeli Medical Association, member of residency thesis evaluation committee
• 2008-09 Ministry of health, Chairman of an Obstetrics audit committee
• 2009 Israeli ministry of health department pharmacology; ad hoc evaluator of research studies
• 2011 Cost –European cooperation in the field of scientific and technical research; Action BM1004: Enhancing the scientific study of early autism
• 2012 Member of the Israeli national boards examination in Obstetrics and Gynecology
• 2012 Israeli Ministry of Health – consultant for medico legal cases in perinatal medicine
• 2012-13 Israeli board of the Harris foundation
• 2013 –14Member of the Israeli National committee of the Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
• 2014 – Member of the National Scientific committee of internship and medical licensure examinations.


Selected peer-reviewed original papers ( Last 5 years)

1. Mankuta D, Goldner I, Knafo A. Inter-twin Birth Weight Differences and Conduct Problems in Early Childhood. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. 2010; 164(5): 457-466. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.63
2. Kaitz M, Maytal HR, Devor N, Bergman L, Mankuta D. Maternal anxiety, mother-infant interactions, and infants response to challenge. Infant Behav Dev. 2010; 33(2): 136-148. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2009.12.003.
3. Mankuta D, Nadjari, DC, Pomp G. Isolated Fetal Intra-Abdominal Umbilical Vein Varix, Clinical Importance and Recommendations. J Ultrasound Med. 2011; 30: 273-276.
4. Riebold M, Mankuta D, Lerer E, et al. All-trans retinoic acid upregulates reduced CD38 transcription in lymphoblastoid cell lines from autism spectrumdisorder. Mol Med. 2011; 17: 799-806. doi: 10.2119/molmed.2011.00080
5. Ebstein RP, Mankuta D, Yirmiya N, Malavasi F. Are retinoids potential therapeutic agents in disorders of social cognition including autism? FEBS Lett. 2011; 585(11): 1529-1536. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2011.05.004
6. Ebstein RP, Knafo A, Mankuta D, Chew SH, Lai PS. The contributions of oxytocin and vasopressin pathway genes to human behavior. Horm Behav. 2012; 61(3): 359-379. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2011.12.014
7. Gamliel M, Ebstein R, Yirmiya N, Mankuta D. Minor fetal sonographic findings in autism spectrum disorder. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2012; 67(3): 176-186. doi: 10.1097/OGX.0b013e31824bb5d6.
8. Steinman G, Mankuta D. Insulin-like growth factor and the etiology of autism. Med Hypotheses. 2013; 80(4): 475-480 doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2013.01.010
9. Steinman G, Mankuta D. Breastfeeding as a possible deterrent to autism – A clinical perspective. Med Hypotheses. 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2013.09.013
10. Hochler H, Yaffe H, Schwed P, Mankuta D. Safety of trial of labor after cesarean delivery in grand multiparous women. Obstet Gynecol. 2014; 123: 304-308. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000082