Dr. Sezer Aksel was born in Izmir, Turkey, in 1933. She went to high school in the American Collegiate Institute in Izmir, and received her undergraduate degree from Duke University Women's College. In 1970 she graduated with an MD from Duke University School of Medicine, and was a Mary Biddle Duke Scholar. In 1972 she completed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in reproductive endocrinology, and in 1974 she became the second female to graduate from the residency in Duke's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the first being Dr. Eleanor Easley in 1941. Dr. Aksel completed a fellowship in the department in 1976 and served as assistant professor in the department from 1974-1976.
Dr. Aksel served in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Alabama beginning in 1976. In 1981, she became the professor and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology in the Department of Obstetric and Gynecology at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Aksel has served on numerous committees, published widely, and is a member of several professional organizations.