Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

Columbia University, Georgetown University, The George Washington University School of Medicine


Children's Hospital Los Angeles, University of Southern California


Childrens Hospital Orange County, University of California - Irvine

Board Certifications

Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy, Neurology




Dr. Olivia Kim-McManus is a child neurologist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and an assistant clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine Department of Neurosciences.

Dr. Kim-McManus is board certified in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology. She is also a board-certified epileptologist with additional expertise in pediatric epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology.

She specializes in treating infants, children and adolescents with pediatric neurological conditions including neurological conditions related to brain malformations, underlying genetic etiologies, intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental problems of childhood. Her primary expertise and interests include clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy surgery (i.e. invasive intracranial electroencephalography monitoring and intraoperative electrocorticography). She manages medically intractable epilepsy patients who undergo resective brain surgery, hemispherectomy, minimally invasive laser ablation therapy and/or implantable neuromodulation devices.

Dr. Kim-McManus primarily sees patients at Rady Children's and also monitors infants with neonatal seizures on continuous EEG in the neonatal intensive care unit at UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center.

Her research activities include a multicenter study with UC Irvine and UC Berkeley/UCSF involving epilepsy surgery patients undergoing intracranial EEG monitoring well as industry-sponsored drug trials for rare genetic epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome.

Additionally, she is the director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship Program at UC San Diego, where she trains medical students, residents and fellows.

Dr. Kim-McManus graduated from Columbia University in New York City with a bachelor's degree in neurosciences and earned her medical doctorate from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She completed residencies in pediatrics and neurology at Children's Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern California. Subsequently, she completed two additional fellowships at UC Irvine School of Medicine/Children's Hospital Orange County to further specialize in pediatric epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology.

Dr. Kim-McManus is a member of the American Epilepsy Society, Child Neurology Society and American Academy of Neurology.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

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