Dr. Selim Benbadis to help edit Wikipedia entries for epilepsy

USF Health neurologist Selim Benbadis, MD, has been named associate editor for a “Wikipedia Epilepsy initiative” of the International League Against Epilepsy.

Dr. Benbadis, professor and director of the Division of Epilepsy of the Department of Neurology in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, was one of two associate editors appointed to revise and edit existing epilepsy-related entries in Wikipedia, as well as provide and edit new entries in the future. The public-facing entries will offers all aspects of epilepsy that includes full-featured articles and commented video sequences of seizures.

Wikipedia is a commonly accessed source of health information by professionals and the lay public worldwide. Editing and monitoring the Wikepedia content on epilepsy by medical professionals will provide readers of the online database with the most authoritative and up-to-date information about epilepsy, with the widest possible penetration and range, and in many languages.

Dr. Benbadis was appointed by the International League Against Epilepsy as one of only two associate editors for its new “Wikipedia Epilepsy initiative.” The Editor in Chief is Dr. Günter Kraemer (Switzerland), and the other Associate Editor Dr. Emilio Perruca (Italy).