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 associate clinical professor of Neurosciences, Pediatric Neurology, Epilepsy & Clinical Neurophysiology 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.


A way forward for diagnosis of patients with extremely rare genetic mutations.
Crooke ST, Kim-McManus OS, Dalby K

A mixed-methods pilot study of a psychoeducational group programme for nurse managers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sawyer AT, McManus K, Bailey AK

The effect of a performing arts intervention on caregivers of people with mild to moderately severe dementia.
McManus K, Tao H, Jennelle PJ, Wheeler JC, Anderson GA

A thematic analysis of the effects of compassion rounds on clinicians and the families of NICU patients.
McManus K, Robinson PS

Rocktape provides no benefit over sham taping in people with knee osteoarthritis who are completing an exercise program: a randomised trial.
McManus KL, Kimmel LA, Holland AE

Understanding patient experiences in a motivational interviewing intervention to improve whole-person lifestyle among individuals with hypertension or type 2 diabetes: a qualitative focus group study.
Sawyer AT, McManus K

Coupling between slow waves and sharp-wave ripples engages distributed neural activity during sleep in humans.
Skelin I, Zhang H, Zheng J, Ma S, Mander BA, Kim McManus O, Vadera S, Knight RT, McNaughton BL, Lin JJ

Evaluation of NICU Healthcare Providers' Experience of Patient Ethics and Communication Excellence (PEACE) Rounds.
McManus K, Robinson P

Strength and stability of EEG functional connectivity predict treatment response in infants with epileptic spasms.
Shrey DW, Kim McManus O, Rajaraman R, Ombao H, Hussain SA, Lopour BA

The effect of 96-hour formalin fixation on the immunohistochemical evaluation of estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and HER2 expression in invasive breast carcinoma.
Yildiz-Aktas IZ, Dabbs DJ, Cooper KL, Chivukula M, McManus K, Bhargava R

Insulin-like growth factor receptor-1 (IGF-1R) expression in normal breast, proliferative breast lesions, and breast carcinoma.
Bhargava R, Beriwal S, McManus K, Dabbs DJ

Carcinomas of Distal Fallopian Tube and Their Association with Tubal Intraepithelial Carcinoma: Do They Share a Common "Precursor" Lesion? Loss of Heterozygosity and Immunohistochemical Analysis Using PAX 2, WT-1, and P53 Markers.
Chivukula M, Niemeier LA, Edwards R, Nikiforova M, Mantha G, McManus K, Carter G

Identification of the most sensitive and robust immunohistochemical markers in different categories of ovarian sex cord-stromal tumors.
Zhao C, Vinh TN, McManus K, Dabbs D, Barner R, Vang R

CK5 is more sensitive than CK5/6 in identifying the "basal-like" phenotype of breast carcinoma.
Bhargava R, Beriwal S, McManus K, Dabbs DJ

SF-1 is a diagnostically useful immunohistochemical marker and comparable to other sex cord-stromal tumor markers for the differential diagnosis of ovarian sertoli cell tumor.
Zhao C, Barner R, Vinh TN, McManus K, Dabbs D, Vang R

WT1 immunoreactivity in breast carcinoma: selective expression in pure and mixed mucinous subtypes.
Domfeh AB, Carley AL, Striebel JM, Karabakhtsian RG, Florea AV, McManus K, Beriwal S, Bhargava R

Sentinel lymph node micrometastasis as a predictor of axillary tumor burden.
Dabbs DJ, Fung M, Landsittel D, McManus K, Johnson R

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