Dr. Akers was born and grew up in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY where he received a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering. He graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of medicine in 1992.
He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and was chief resident there in 1995. After residency he was in private practice internal medicine for 10 years before returning to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to the Department of Critical Care Medicine. There he founded the division of hospital medicine and developed hospitalist services at six affiliated hospitals in the UPMC system. Since coming to Sidra Medical and Research Center he has been working clinically as a hospitalist at Hamad Medical Center and as a primary care physician at the Qatar Foundation PHCC clinic.