Linda Kerwin Portrait

Linda Kerwin, Ed.D., CST, RN, MS, MSN

Dean of Allied Health 716.827.2454
Office Location: Main Campus, Room 255


Dr. Linda Kerwin ’07, Ed.D., CST, RN, MA, MSN is Trocaire’s Dean of Health Professions, and also serves as director of the Surgical Technology program. A leader in both healthcare and higher education, she is frequently called upon for her expertise both in the field of surgery and educational assessment. Prior to her appointments at Trocaire, Linda worked as an advance practice nurse for more than 20 years in areas including the operating room, intensive care unit and emergency room.

One of her life-long passions has been working with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of WNY, in particular the recruitment of bone marrow and umbilical cord blood donors. To date, the National Marrow Donor Program has accrued thousands of donors based on her recruitment work.

Linda was named a 2017 Healthcare Champion by Buffalo Business First (page 3).


Ed.D., Curriculum & Instruction
Concordia College, 2012

AAS, Surgical Technology
Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY, 2007

MS, Nursing
Concordia College, 2003

BS, Nursing
State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, NY, 1995

AAS, Nursing
Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, NY, 1987

Courses Taught

  • ST100    Medical Terminology for the Surgical Technologist
  • ST101    Orientation to Surgical Technology
  • ST103    Clinical Education I
  • ST104    Fundamentals of Surgical Technology
  • ST106    Clinical Education II
  • ST201    Advanced Surgical Technology
  • ST202    Clinical Education III
  • ST203    Specialized Surgical Technology
  • ST204    Clinical Education IV

Professional Experience

Dean of Health Professions
Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY, 2013-present

  • Supervises six academic programs housed in the Division, manages four Program Directors and approximately 60 clinical affiliate sites. Responsible for developing and maintaining budgets representing all programs and addressing issues of diversity within the college curriculum. Participates in enrollment initiatives, retention trends, graduate placement and learning outcomes. The Dean assists in the recruitment of senior administrators (Program Directors), academic faculty, staff and students.  Provides college-wide leadership for allied health credit and non-credit education and has responsibility for marketing, management, and assisting in curriculum design of educational programs that serve employers’, employees’ and student needs. Works closely with health industry partners to determine program development needs, to design innovative curricula meant to enhance employees’ skills and knowledge and comply with professional accreditation requirement

Director of Surgical Technology
Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY, 2001-present

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Various Western New York Hospitals including: Newfane and Lockport Hospitals, Rochester General Hospital and Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital, 1980-2001


  • The Incidence of Awareness under General Anesthesia
  • Programmatic Outcomes Based Assessment and Continuing Accreditation in the Field of Surgical Technology
  • Operating Room Management, a Guide for the Operating Room Technician
  • Anesthesia Ventilators
  • Hope and Qualify of Life in Individuals with Hematologic Malignancies
  • The Relevance and Sequence of Bone Marrow Collection
  • Umbilical Cord Blood Collection and Banking

Community Service

  • Trocaire Brand Ambassador
  • Commissioner Practitioner, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • Former Board Trustee, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America (Western New York and Finger Lakes Chapters)
  • Former Chairman of Patient Aid Program, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Western New York and Finger Lakes Chapters
  • Former Chairman of “Project Share Life” Division, Western New York and Finger Lakes Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America and the National Marrow Donor Program
  • Bone Marrow and Umbilical Cord Blood Recruitment Coordinator of Western New York, the Finger Lakes, and Erie PA areas
  • Former Family Support Group Facilitator, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Western New York
  • Retired Superintendent of Sunday Schools, Concordia Lutheran Church, Wilson, New York
  • Community Vacation Bible School Volunteer
  • Co-Advisor, Student Surgical Technology Association, Trocaire College
  • Co-Chair, Jean N. Clohessy Committee (Service) at Trocaire College
  • Member, Mission Sustainability Committee at Trocaire College
  • Former Vice-President, New York State Association of Surgical Technologists