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 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
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. 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;
  2. 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
  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. 2021 04 01; 17(3):e177-e185.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29112029; PMCID: PMC8445239; DOI: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000311;
  4. Charns MP. Limitations to National Policy and Financial Incentives: The Role of Organizational Dynamics. Med Care. 2021 03 01; 59(3):193-194. PMID: 33560764
  5. Bolton RE, Bokhour BG, Dvorin K, Wu J, Elwy AR, Charns M, Taylor SL. Garnering Support for Complementary and Integrative Health Implementation: A Qualitative Study of VA Healthcare Organization Leaders. J Altern Complement Med. 2021 Mar; 27(S1):S81-S88.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33788605
  6. Charns MP. Limitations to National Policy and Financial Incentives: The Role of Organizational Dynamics. Med Care. 2021 Feb 03. PMID: 33560714
  7. Fernandez WG, Benzer JK, Charns MP, Burgess JF. Applying a Model of Teamwork Processes to Emergency Medical Services. West J Emerg Med. 2020 Oct 19; 21(6):264-271. PMID: 33207175; PMCID: PMC7673905; DOI: 10.5811/westjem.2020.7.47238;
  8. Merker VL, Plotkin SR, Charns MP, Meterko M, Jordan JT, Elwy AR. Effective provider-patient communication of a rare disease diagnosis: A qualitative study of people diagnosed with schwannomatosis. Patient Educ Couns. 2021 04; 104(4):808-814.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33051127; PMCID: PMC8004534; DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.09.029;
  9. Swamy L, Mohr D, Blok A, Anderson E, Charns M, Wiener RS, Rinne S. Impact of Workplace Climate on Burnout Among Critical Care Nurses in the Veterans Health Administration. Am J Crit Care. 2020 09 01; 29(5):380-389.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32869073
  10. Benzer JK, Gurewich D, Singer SJ, McIntosh NM, Mohr DC, Vimalananda VG, Charns MP. A Mixed Methods Study of the Association of Non-Veterans Affairs Care With Veterans' and Clinicians' Experiences of Care Coordination. Med Care. 2020 08; 58(8):696-702.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32692135
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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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