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

DBA, Harvard University
MBA, Harvard University
BS, Case Institute of Technology

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 national 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

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Martin Charns
07/01/2023 - 06/30/2024 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Martin Charns
09/01/2018 - 08/31/2020 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

Reducing Socioeconomic Disparities in Health at Pediatric Visits
07/10/2014 - 03/31/2019 (Subcontract 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. Kaitz J, Vimalananda VG, Charns MP, Fix GM. Multidisciplinary providers' perceptions of care delivery for sleep disorders: A qualitative case study. Sleep Health. 2024 Mar 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38519364
  2. Bolton RE, Mohr DC, Charns M, Herbst AN, Bokhour BG. Creating Whole Person Health Care Systems: Understanding Employee Perceptions of VAs Whole Health Cultural Transformation. J Integr Complement Med. 2023 Dec; 29(12):813-821.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37935016
  3. Adjognon OL, Cohen-Bearak A, Kaitz J, Bokhour BG, Chatelain L, Charns MP, Mohr DC. Factors affecting the implementation of employee whole health in the veterans health administration: a qualitative evaluation. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023 Jun 08; 23(1):600.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37291554; PMCID: PMC10249921; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-023-09450-3;
  4. Charns MP, Lerner B, Yakovchenko V, Urech TH, Shin MH, Kim B, Engle RL, Vashi AA. Achieving transformation to lean management systems in health care. Health Serv Res. 2023 Apr; 58(2):343-355. PMID: 36129687; PMCID: PMC10012231; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14072;
  5. Evans L, Fabian MP, Charns MP, Gurewich D, Stopka TJ, Cabral HJ. Medicaid Expansion and Change in Federally Qualified Health Center Accessibility From 2008 to 2016. Med Care. 2022 10 01; 60(10):743-749.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35948346; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001762;
  6. Gray CP, Azevedo KJ, Urech TH, Lerner B, Charns MP, Vashi AA. Engaging Patients in the Veterans Health Administration's Lean Enterprise Transformation: A Qualitative Study. Qual Manag Health Care. 2023 Apr-Jun 01; 32(2):75-80. PMID: 35793546; PMCID: PMC9816342; DOI: 10.1097/QMH.0000000000000371;
  7. Merker VL, Slobogean B, Jordan JT, Langmead S, Meterko M, Charns MP, Elwy AR, Blakeley JO, Plotkin SR. Understanding barriers to diagnosis in a rare, genetic disease: Delays and errors in diagnosing schwannomatosis. Am J Med Genet A. 2022 Sep; 188(9):2672-2683.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35678462; PMCID: PMC9378587; DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.a.62860;
  8. Charns MP, Bolton RE. Commentary on Burns, Nembhard and Shortell, "Integrating network theory into the study of integrated healthcare": Revisiting and extending research on structural and processual factors affecting coordination. Soc Sci Med. 2022 Jul; 305:115037. PMID: 35662513
  9. Charns MP, Benzer JK, McIntosh NM, Mohr DC, Singer SJ, Gurewich D. A Multi-site Case Study of Care Coordination Between Primary Care and Specialty Care. Med Care. 2022 May 01; 60(5):361-367.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35239562; PMCID: PMC8989667; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001704;
  10. Azevedo KJ, Gray CP, Gale RC, Urech TH, Ramirez JC, Wong EP, Lerner B, Charns MP, Vashi AA. Facilitators and barriers to the Lean Enterprise Transformation program at the Veterans Health Administration. Health Care Manage Rev. 2021 Oct-Dec 01; 46(4):308-318. PMID: 31996609
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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
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Healthcare Organization
Organization Design
Organizational Transformation
Quality of Care
Service Line Management

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