Martin P. Charns, DBA
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management

MBA, Harvard University
DBA, Harvard University

Dr. Charns is Professor of Health Policy and Management and director emeritus of the VA Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, a VA Health Services Research and Development center of innovation. He has also served as Acting Director of VA Health Services Research and Development. His research interests include organization design and transformation, implementation of evidence-based practices, coordination of care, quality improvement, systems redesign and service line management. He has coauthored three books as well as numerous articles, book chapters, and over 60 case studies on organization design and change. Dr. Charns has more than 40 years of consulting experience in health care organization and management, specializing in work with hospitals and health care networks. In addition to BU, he has held a faculty position at Carnegie-Mellon University. He has an MBA and DBA from Harvard Business School.

VA Boston Healthcare System

2010 Boston University School of Public Health: Teaching Award
2008 Boston University School of Public Health: Teaching Award
1997 Academy of Management Healthcare Administration Division: Best paper award
1987 Academy of Management: Healthcare Administration Division Chair
1985 American College of Healthcare Executives: Ray E. Brown Collection - book award
1984 Hospitals - Journal of American Hospital Association: Best management book

07/10/2014 - 03/31/2019 (PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIMHD

Transition Supplement- P2 Transformational Model Dissemination
05/01/2002 - 03/31/2009 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Quality Improvement Training: Scanning the Field
05/01/2007 - 06/15/2008 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Transition Supplement- P2 Validation
12/15/2005 - 06/30/2007 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Conference Grants
06/17/2004 - 06/18/2004 (PI)
HHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Transitions in Organizational Design: A Study of Product Line Implementation
09/01/1999 - 08/31/2003 (PI)
National Science Foundation

VA Service Line
07/01/1998 - 09/30/2001 (PI)
HSR&D Department of VA

Impacts of Variations in Service Line Organizational Arrangements on Delivery Within IDNs
07/01/1999 - 06/30/2001 (PI)
University of Washington (from Industry Advisory Board) Ctr f Hlth Mgmt &NSF

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  1. Mull HJ, Itani KMF, Pizer SD, Charns MP, Rivard PE, McIntosh N, Hawn MT, Rosen AK. Development of an Adverse Event Surveillance Model for Outpatient Surgery in the Veterans Health Administration. Health Serv Res. 2018 Dec; 53(6):4507-4528.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30151826.
  2. Mull HJ, Itani KMF, Charns MP, Pizer SD, Rivard PE, Hawn MT, Rosen AK. The Nature and Severity of Adverse Events in Select Outpatient Surgical Procedures in the Veterans Health Administration. Qual Manag Health Care. 2018 Jul/Sep; 27(3):136-144.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29944625.
  3. Mull HJ, Rosen AK, Charns MP, Itani KMF, Rivard PE. Identifying Risks and Opportunities in Outpatient Surgical Patient Safety: A Qualitative Analysis of Veterans Health Administration Staff Perceptions. J Patient Saf. 2017 Nov 04.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29112029.
  4. McIntosh N, Fix GM, Allsup K, Charns M, McDannold S, Manning K, Forman DE. A Qualitative Study of Participation in Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs in an Integrated Health Care System. Mil Med. 2017 Sep; 182(9):e1757-e1763.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28885933; DOI: 10.7205/MILMED-D-17-00053;.
  5. Martinson BC, Mohr DC, Charns MP, Nelson D, Hagel-Campbell E, Bangerter A, Bloomfield HE, Owen R, Thrush CR. Main outcomes of an RCT to pilot test reporting and feedback to foster research integrity climates in the VA. AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2017 Jul-Sep; 8(3):211-219.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28949895.
  6. Benzer, JK, Cramer, IE, Labonte, AJ, Charns, MP, Nealon Siebert, ME, Burgess, JF. Repurposing a program evaluation for Parkinson's disease for a healthcare management research study. Research Methods Cases. 2017.
  7. Engle RL, Lopez ER, Gormley KE, Chan JA, Charns MP, Lukas CV. What roles do middle managers play in implementation of innovative practices? Health Care Manage Rev. 2017 Jan/Mar; 42(1):14-27. PMID: 26488239.
  8. Benzer JK, Charns MP, Hamdan S, Afable M. The role of organizational structure in readiness for change: A conceptual integration. Health Serv Manage Res. 2017 Feb; 30(1):34-46. PMID: 28166670; DOI: 10.1177/0951484816682396;.
  9. Reddy SM, Rose DE, Burgess JF, Charns MP, Yano EM. The Role of Organizational Factors in the Provision of Comprehensive Women's Health in the Veterans Health Administration. Womens Health Issues. 2016 Nov - Dec; 26(6):648-655.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27745998; DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2016.09.001;.
  10. Forman DE, Fix GM, McDannold S, McIntosh N, Schopfer DW, Whooley MA, Charns MP. Decisive Bearing of Organizational Dynamics on the Application and Success of Hospital-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation. Mayo Clin Proc. 2016 07; 91(7):975-7.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27378045; DOI: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2016.04.019;.
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Healthcare Organization
Organization Design
Organizational Transformation
Quality of Care
Service Line Management

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