September 6, 2015

Dr Tonia L Farmer, MD

Dr FarmerDr. Farmer joined the Lippy Group for Ear, Nose & Throat in 2001 after graduating from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has expertise and understanding in all areas of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat). She brings a strong interest in the following areas: sinus, nasal, thyroid and sleep disorders, head and neck cancer, and general pediatric disorders. Her skills allow the group to provide expert care in all areas of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. Dr. Farmer is also one of the first doctors in Northeast Ohio to offer balloon sinuplasty in the office for the treatment of sinus disease.

Dr. Farmer is an attending physician at both St. Joseph Health Center and Trumbull Memorial Hospital. She serves as a preceptor and trainer for local medical schools and residency programs. She holds the position of Chairman of the Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery department at St. Joseph Hospital. Community involvement is also very important to Dr. Farmer. She supports and participates in local non-profit organizations that provide programs and help to youth and adults in need.


Medical College of Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

1992-1996 Doctor of Medicine
College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

1988-1992 Bachelor of Science

Post Graduate Training:


Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University

Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

Richmond, Virginia 1997 – 2001

Aristides Sismanis,M,D., F.A.C.S., Chairman


General Surgery

Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University

Department of General Surgery

Richmond, Virginia 1996-1997

Board Certifications:

Board Certified Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 2002, 2011


Ohio, 2001

Virginia, 2000

Pennsylvania, 2003

Academic Appointments:

Director, Head & Neck Division, Lippy Group ENT

ENT Clinical Preceptor, St. Joseph’s Health Center, CORE Program, Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, 2003-present

Research Investigations:

Grant- $18,000- Richmond Eye & Ear Hospital Foundation (co-investigator: MaryAnn Frable, M.D. and Daniel L. Wohl, M.D.) Impact of Adenoidectomy or Adenotonsillectomy on Reactive Airway Disease Symptoms in Children, 1999


First Prize- Resident’s Award for Presentation at the Virginia Society of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting, 1999

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at the Virginia Commonwealth University, 1996

American Medical Women’s Association, Inc. Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, 1995

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 1995

Work Experience:

Lippy Group for Ear, Nose and Throat, Warren, OH, July 2001-present

Professional Associations:

Ohio State Medical Association, 2002-present

American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, 1997-present

American Medical Association, 1996-present

Other Appointments:

Board of Directors, Valley Counseling Services, Warren OH, 2002-present

Advisory Board, Surgery Center of Howland, Warren, OH, 2003-present

Surgical Review Committee, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 2002-present

Board of Directors, Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, Trumbull/Warren, OH, 2002-2003

Humility of Mary Health Partners, Community Health Initiatives Committee, 2002-2003


  1. Wohl, D.L., Farmer, T.L. A child has “recurrent croup”: What’s the real diagnosis? Journal of Respiratory Diseases for Pediatricians 2000. (Reprint)
  2. Zhang, S., Farmer, T.L.,Frable, MA., Powers, C.N. Adult Herpetic Laryngitis with Concurrent Candidal Infection. A Case Report and Literature Review. Archives of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. May 2000;126(5) 672-674
  3. Wohl, D.L., Farmer, T.L. A child has “recurrent croup”: But what’s the real diagnosis? The Journal of Respiratory Diseases. March 1999;20(3):243-5, 249-250, 253-4, 257-8.
  4. Farmer, T.L., Wohl, D.L. Diagnosis of Recurrent Intermittent Airway Obstruction “Recurrent Croup” in Children. Submitted for publication in Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, March 2000.
  5. Farmer, T.L., Hasenstab, S., Sismanis, A., Kastetter, S., White, J. Patient Performance Using the Med El COMBI 40+Cochlear Implant Device: A Single Institution’s Experience. Submitted for Publication in The Laryngoscope. February 2000