Professor Dr. Erich Saling, MD, PhD, Obstetrician and
Perinatologist, was born in Stanislau (now the Ukraine) on 21st
July 1925 as the son of Heinrich Saling, a forester and his wife,
Emma Saling, née Hoffmann. He is a Protestant. In 1952 he married
Dr. med. Hella Saling, née Weymann; they have two sons (Dr. med.
Peter S., born in 1954 and Michael S., born in 1955).
He studied medicine from 1946 to 1952 at the
University of Jena and at the Free University of Berlin,
served his internship from 1952 to 1953 at the Municipal Hospital
Berlin-Neukölln, and from 1954 to 1958 he completed his training
in obstetrics and gynecology at the Municipal Women’s Hospital in
Berlin-Neukölln. He qualified as a University Lecturer in 1963 and
was offered a professorship at the Free University of Berlin in 1968.
1976 he became the Director of the Institute of Perinatal Medicine
of the Free University Berlin and the Head of the Department of
Obstetrics in the Women's Hospital Berlin-Neukölln. In addition
to his clinical practice he has been engaged in research in the
field of obstetrics and perinatal medicine since 1958. Up to now
more than 600 of his publications have appeared on the subject of
obstetrics and perinatal medicine. The most important studies are
given in the enclosed list of special scientific achievements and
In 1963 he started one-week introductory courses
for physicians in modern obstetrics and perinatal medicine. Up to
now 64 courses have been held, since 1991 together with his
successor Prof. K. Vetter, attended by more than 2000
participants from 45 countries. The term “Perinatal Medicine” was
introduced by Saling in 1967 and has become widespread all over
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In 1967 the first national Society of Perinatal
Medicine was founded, it was the German Society. Since then until
1990, 14 national congresses have been organized together with
his coworkers. These congresses, which mostly attracted over 2000
participants, have been the largest of their kind in this new
field of medicine. In 1968 the first international Society, the
European Association of Perinatal Medicine, was founded and
Saling was the Founder-President of this Association. In 1973 he
founded the first international Journal in this field, the
“Journal of Perinatal Medicine”. In 1990 the German Society of
Prenatal and Obstetrical Medicine was founded and Saling is also
the Founder-President of this association.
Since January 1991 he is “Professor Emeritus”
at the Charité, University Medicine Berlin.
In continuation of research activities, in 1993 he
founded the Institute of Perinatal Medicine under private law at
his old department in Berlin-Neukölln and is its director.
From the foundation of the “International Academy of
Perinatal Medicine” (IAPM) in May 2005 until November
2015, Prof. Saling was its first president. Since then, he is
“Lifelong President of the IAPM”.