Dr Herman Edeling matriculated in 1969, obtained an M.B.,B.Ch. degree in 1975 and practiced as a general practitioner for 10 years. He qualified as a neurosurgeon in 1992 and spent the next 16 years in private general neurosurgical practice. Since 2008 he has limited his practice to consulting and medico-legal neurosurgery. In 2009 he obtained the ABIME CIME qualification. He has served the South African Medico Legal Association as director since 2005 and as deputy chairperson since 2011. He has served as a member of the HPCSA Appeal Tribunals since 2012 and as chairperson since 2014. He serves APRAV as chairperson of the solutions task team medical committee. He has written more than 3000 medico-legal reports and has testified in court in more than 200 matters as an expert witness. Herman is passionate about medical science, ethical practice, the inter-relationships between medicine and law, justice, education and the promotion of mutual respect and understanding. He believes in the capacity of the mediation process to resolve conflict by harnessing the power of constructive self-determination of the parties to the dispute. He completed the UCT/MiM medical negligence and health sector mediation training in January 2016.