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Devika Umashanker, MD

System Medical Director, Medical Weight Loss

4.8 /5
114 surveys


Hartford HealthCare Medical Group


Bariatric Medicine < Accepting new patients for this specialty
Internal Medicine, Board Certified < Not accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Acute Congestive Heart Failure Exacerbation, Cellulitis, COPD Exacerbation, High Risk Transplant Patients with BMI≥40, Men's Health, Men's Health and Sexual Function, Nutrition, Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome, Obesity Medicine, Obesity Programs, Pseudotumor, Stroke, Transient Ischemic Attacks/ TIA, Type 2 DM-Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemia State

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Dr. Umashanker will start seeing patients at the Bloomfield location in April 2021.

Dr. Devika Umashanker an Obesity Medicine Specialist with Hartford HealthCare’s Medical and Surgical Weight Loss Program.

Q. What should people know about dietary supplements to lose weight?

A. Consumers should be cautious when purchasing dietary supplements. Dietary supplements do not need FDA approval prior to marketing their products. Therefore, they do not go through the rigorous safety measures required of prescription drugs. Dietary supplements can have hidden active ingredients contained in prescription drugs, unsafe ingredients that were in drugs that have been removed from the market due to severe side effects, or compounds that have not been adequately studied in humans. Before starting any dietary supplement, speak to your physician.

Q. What about vitamin deficiencies and the role of vitamin supplements…what is your recommendation?

A. Most of us eating a balanced diet do not need a daily multivitamin. However, there are situations where vitamin supplements are required. For example, women of childbearing age should supplement their diet with folic acid. Folic acid supplementation protects babies against fetal neural tube defects. Older adults, who are most often at increased risk for developing a condition called osteoporosis (weakening of bones) would benefit from vitamin D supplementation. Individuals with specific medical conditions related to their gut such as Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, or those who have had weight loss surgery such as Gastric bypass surgery – that interfere with the absorption of certain vitamins-may require lifetime vitamin supplementation. However, does taking a multivitamin daily considered to be harmful? Not at all but if you follow a healthy diet you can get all the vitamins and minerals you need from food.

Q. What’s the best diet to lose weight and the science behind it?

A. In my opinion, there is no one diet that is the “best diet” to lose weight. Everyone is different. We all come from different cultural backgrounds and may be raised differently when it comes to food psychology. In my opinion, patients who have the best weight loss outcomes are those who adhere to a diet that gives them the least challenges with adherence. A study performed in JAMA 2014 compared multiple diet programs and found little difference in weight loss outcomes. This shows providers there is no need for one size fits all approach when it comes to the best diet. Rather, choosing the best diet suited to an individual’s food preferences may help foster diet adherence leading to long term weight loss.

Q. What advice do you have for patients wanting to lose weight on their own?

A. Weight loss is a lifelong journey. People need to be in the mindset of being willing to make some permanent lifelong changes in the way they live. Once people are in the “motivated” mindset speak to your physician for guidance on how to lose weight.

If you would like to learn more about the Hartford HealthCare’s Medical and Surgical Weight Loss Program call 1-855-792-6258 or log onto



Medical School

  • American University of the Caribbean MD


  • Yale New Haven Hospital, Internal Medicine


  • Yale University School of Medicine


  • Weill Cornell Medical College, Obesity Medicine

Insurance Accepted*

Aetna, Anthem, BCBS Medicare, CarePartners of Connecticut, Cigna Healthcare, Colonial Cooperative Care, Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc., Connecticare, Connecticare Commercial, Connecticare Medicare, Corvel, Coventry, Essence Healthcare, Evercare, First Health Group Corp., Focus, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Connecticut, Health Direct, Health New England, Healthy Connecticut, HMC/ Northeast Healthcare, Medspan Commercial, Medspan Medicare, Multiplan, Northeast Health Direct, One Health Plan/ Great-West Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Prime Health Services, Private Health Care Systems, Inc., Senior Whole Health, United Healthcare, WellCare of Connecticut, Inc.

*This information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm they are a participating member of the Hartford HealthCare network.