Ghida EL-Banna

Stanford University School of Medicine| Doctor of Medicine '22+
University of Massachusetts, Amherst | Master of Public Policy '18
Smith College| BA in Biological Sciences '17

(c) (202)445-9895

All Publications

  • The Intergenerational Health Effects of the DACA Program on Families With Mixed Immigration Status. Academic pediatrics El-Banna, G., Higuera, K., Mendoza, F. S. 2021


    Children of undocumented mothers with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) have better mental health outcomes than children of DACA-ineligible mothers. This study explored the intergenerational health effects of DACA on undocumented parents and their children in families with mixed immigration status.Forty-eight semi-structured interviews were selected from a study on life transitions of fifty undocumented immigrants. Prevalent themes related to the intergenerational health effects of DACA on undocumented immigrants were identified through thematic analysis of the transcripts, and quotes were selected to illustrate themes in the participants' own words.Thirty-three of the fourty-eight respondents were DACA recipients. Twenty-six respondents were parents with a total of 61 children, 73.8% of whom were U.S-born. Four themes were identified: 1) DACA recipients reported decreased familial stress because of protection from deportation and increased access to health care, 2) both DACA and DACA-ineligible parents prioritized regular pediatrician visits for their children, but DACA-ineligible parents suffered from poor health because of decreased access to health care, 3) adults with DACA mirror the health behaviors of their DACA-ineligible parents, and 4) the poor health access of DACA-ineligible family members appeared to stress DACA recipients and U.S-born children in these families.DACA decreases children's fear of parental deportation and loss. However, the suffering of DACA-ineligible parents and family members may stress their children and influence their health-seeking behavior in adulthood. Health care access for all members of immigrant families needs to be examined, since their well-being impacts the well-being of their children.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.acap.2021.07.016

    View details for PubMedID 34320415

  • Arthrodesis of the Foot or Ankle in Adult Patients with Congenital Clubfoot. Cureus Zhuang, T. n., El-Banna, G. n., Frick, S. n. 2019; 11 (12): e6505


    Background Although clubfoot that was corrected in childhood rarely recurs in adulthood, persistent deformities or arthritic pain may require further treatment during adulthood. Little evidence exists on the operative procedures utilized in adult clubfoot patients, who were previously treated for congenital clubfoot in childhood, for residual or recurrent deformity or pain. Objective The objective of this study is to characterize the types and frequencies of procedures utilized in adult clubfoot patients, who were previously treated for congenital clubfoot in childhood. Methods A two-pronged approach was employed to describe the operative procedures used in adult clubfoot patients. First, a literature review of all reported cases of operative treatment in adult clubfoot patients who were previously treated in childhood was performed. Second, an analysis of the operative treatments used in adult patients with a diagnosis of congenital clubfoot was conducted using a large, administrative claims database. Results In the literature review, arthrodesis was the most cited operative treatment and reported in four out of the eight studies included. Osteotomies were also reported in the literature. In the database analysis, 94 hindfoot arthrodesis procedures were identified in 73 patients, out of 1,198 adult patients in the database with a diagnosis of congenital clubfoot. Sixty-two patients out of 1,198 adult clubfoot patients received osteotomies. An insufficient number of total ankle arthroplasties were reported for further analysis. Conclusions Operative treatment in adult clubfoot patients who were treated for congenital clubfoot in childhood includes hindfoot arthrodesis and osteotomy procedures. Total ankle arthroplasty has not been reported in the literature for these patients.

    View details for DOI 10.7759/cureus.6505

    View details for PubMedID 32025426

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC6988724

  • Nanoscale "fluorescent stone": Luminescent Calcium Fluoride Nanoparticles as Theranostic Platforms THERANOSTICS Li, Z., Zhang, Y., Huang, L., Yang, Y., Zhao, Y., El-Banna, G., Han, G. 2016; 6 (13): 2380–93


    Calcium Fluoride (CaF2) based luminescent nanoparticles exhibit unique, outstanding luminescent properties, and represent promising candidates as nanoplatforms for theranostic applications. There is an urgent need to facilitate their further development and applications in diagnostics and therapeutics as a novel class of nanotools. Here, in this critical review, we outlined the recent significant progresses made in CaF2-related nanoparticles: Firstly, their physical chemical properties, synthesis chemistry, and nanostructure fabrication are summarized. Secondly, their applications in deep tissue bio-detection, drug delivery, imaging, cell labeling, and therapy are reviewed. The exploration of CaF2-based luminescent nanoparticles as multifunctional nanoscale carriers for imaging-guided therapy is also presented. Finally, we discuss the challenges and opportunities in the development of such CaF2-based platform for future development in regard to its theranostic applications.

    View details for DOI 10.7150/thno.15914

    View details for Web of Science ID 000396551600009

    View details for PubMedID 27877242

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC5118602

  • Upconverting NIR Photons for Bioimaging NANOMATERIALS Li, Z., Zhang, Y., La, H., Zhu, R., El-Banna, G., Wei, Y., Han, G. 2015; 5 (4): 2148–68


    Lanthanide-doped upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs) possess uniqueanti-Stokes optical properties, in which low energy near-infrared (NIR) photons can beconverted into high energy UV, visible, shorter NIR emission via multiphoton upconversionprocesses. Due to the rapid development of synthesis chemistry, lanthanide-doped UCNPscan be fabricated with narrow distribution and tunable multi-color optical properties. Theseunique attributes grant them unique NIR-driven imaging/drug delivery/therapeuticapplications, especially in the cases of deep tissue environments. In this brief review, weintroduce both the basic concepts of and recent progress with UCNPs in material engineeringand theranostic applications in imaging, molecular delivery, and tumor therapeutics. The aimof this brief review is to address the most typical progress in basic mechanism, materialdesign as bioimaging tools.

    View details for DOI 10.3390/nano5042148

    View details for Web of Science ID 000367615500033

    View details for PubMedID 28347113

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC5304770