Reba A. Umberger, PhD, RN, CCRN-K

Assistant Professor
College of Nursing, Department of Acute and Tertiary Care
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
920 Madison Avenue, Room 551
Memphis, TN 38163

901-448-1847 (office)

Office: 551 920 MADISON BUILDING
MEMPHIS TN 381632275
Tel: (901) 448-1847


  1. Oppizzi, LM, Umberger, R. The Effect of Physical Activity on PTSD. Issues Ment Health Nurs, 1-9, 2018.
  2. Meduri, GU, Umberger, R. Dysregulated Systemic Inflammation Favors Bacterial Growth and Development of Nosocomial Infections. Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 2017.
  3. Woodward, BC, Umberger, RA. Unit-Level Changes in Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Before and After Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Mandatory Reporting Legislation. Dimens Crit Care Nurs, 37 (1), 35-43, 2017.
  4. Umberger, RA, Hatfield, LA, Speck, PM. Understanding Negative Predictive Value of Diagnostic Tests Used in Clinical Practice. Dimens Crit Care Nurs, 36 (1), 22-29, 2016.
  5. Umberger, R, Garsee, K, Davidson, B, Carringer, JA, Kuhl, D, Muthiah, MP. The Utility of the Candida Score in Patients With Sepsis. Dimens Crit Care Nurs, 35 (2), 92-8, 2016.
  6. Umberger, R, Callen, B, Brown, ML. Severe sepsis in older adults. Crit Care Nurs Q, 38 (3), 259-70, 2015.
  7. Umberger, R, Thompson, CL, Cashion, AK, Kuhl, D, Wan, J, Yates, CR, Muthiah, MP, Meduri, GU. Exaggerated plasma interleukin 6, interleukin 10, and subsequent development of health care-associated infections in patients with sepsis. Dimens Crit Care Nurs, 34 (2), 100-11, 2015.
  8. Umberger, R, Holston, EC, Hutson, SP, Pierce, M. Nursing genomics: practice implications every nurse should know. Nurs Clin North Am, 48 (4), 499-522, 2013.
  9. Cashion, AK, Umberger, RA, Goodwin, SB, Sutter, TR. Collection and storage of human blood and adipose for genomic analysis of clinical samples. Res Nurs Health, 34 (5), 408-18, 2011.
  10. Nawab, QU, Golden, E, Confalonieri, M, Umberger, R, Meduri, GU. Corticosteroid treatment in severe community-acquired pneumonia: duration of treatment affects control of systemic inflammation and clinical improvement. Intensive Care Med, 37 (9), 1553-4, 2011.
  11. Quispe-Laime, AM, Bracco, JD, Barberio, PA, Campagne, CG, Rolfo, VE, Umberger, R, Meduri, GU. H1N1 influenza A virus-associated acute lung injury: response to combination oseltamivir and prolonged corticosteroid treatment. Intensive Care Med, 36 (1), 33-41, 2010.
  12. Li, S, Stuart, L, Zhang, Y, Meduri, GU, Umberger, R, Yates, CR. Inter-individual variability of plasma PAF-acetylhydrolase activity in ARDS patients and PAFAH genotype. J Clin Pharm Ther, 34 (4), 447-55, 2009.
  13. Meduri, GU, Golden, E, Freire, AX, Taylor, E, Zaman, M, Carson, SJ, Gibson, M, Umberger, R. Methylprednisolone infusion in early severe ARDS: results of a randomized controlled trial. Chest, 131 (4), 954-63, 2007.
  14. Confalonieri, M, Urbino, R, Potena, A, Piattella, M, Parigi, P, Puccio, G, Della Porta, R, Giorgio, C, Blasi, F, Umberger, R, Meduri, GU. Hydrocortisone infusion for severe community-acquired pneumonia: a preliminary randomized study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 171 (3), 242-8, 2005.
  15. Carratù, P, Morelli, N, Freire, AX, Pugazhenthi, M, Guerra, S, Umberger, R, Allegra, L. Effect of zafirlukast on methacholine and ultrasonically nebulized distilled water challenge in patients with mild asthma. Respiration, 70 (3), 249-53, 2002.
  16. Meduri, GU, Headley, AS, Golden, E, Carson, SJ, Umberger, RA, Kelso, T, Tolley, EA. Effect of prolonged methylprednisolone therapy in unresolving acute respiratory distress syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA, 280 (2), 159-65, 1998.
  17. Meduri, GU, Headley, S, Kohler, G, Stentz, F, Tolley, E, Umberger, R, Leeper, K. Persistent elevation of inflammatory cytokines predicts a poor outcome in ARDS. Plasma IL-1 beta and IL-6 levels are consistent and efficient predictors of outcome over time. Chest, 107 (4), 1062-73, 1995.