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

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Martin Charns
09/01/2018 - 08/31/2019 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

Reducing Socioeconomic Disparities in Health at Pediatric Visits
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. Byhoff E, Garg A, Pellicer M, Diaz Y, Yoon GH, Charns MP, Drainoni ML. Provider and Staff Feedback on Screening for Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health for Pediatric Patients. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 May-Jun; 32(3):297-306.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31068394.
  2. Evans L, Charns MP, Cabral HJ, Fabian MP. Change in geographic access to community health centers after Health Center Program expansion. Health Serv Res. 2019 Apr 01.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30937888.
  3. Branch-Elliman W, Pizer SD, Dasinger EA, Gold HS, Abdulkerim H, Rosen AK, Charns MP, Hawn MT, Itani KMF, Mull HJ. Facility type and surgical specialty are associated with suboptimal surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis practice patterns: a multi-center, retrospective cohort study. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2019; 8:49.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30886702.
  4. Vashi AA, Lerner B, Urech TH, Asch SM, Charns MP. Lean Enterprise Transformation in VA: a national evaluation framework and study protocol. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Feb 04; 19(1):98. PMID: 30717729.
  5. Dasinger EA, Branch-Elliman W, Pizer SD, Abdulkerim H, Rosen AK, Charns MP, Hawn MT, Itani KMF, Mull HJ. Association between postoperative opioid use and outpatient surgical adverse events. Am J Surg. 2019 Apr; 217(4):605-612.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30639132.
  6. Dansinger, EA, Branch-Ellman, W, Pizer, SD, Abdulkerim, H, Rosen, AK, Charns, MP, Hawn, MT, Itani, KMF, Mull, HJ. Association Between Postoperative Opioid Use and Outpatient Surgical Adverse Events. Am Jour of Surgery. 2018. View Publication
  7. Birken S, Clary A, Tabriz AA, Turner K, Meza R, Zizzi A, Larson M, Walker J, Charns M. Middle managers' role in implementing evidence-based practices in healthcare: a systematic review. Implement Sci. 2018 12 12; 13(1):149. PMID: 30541596.
  8. 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 12; 53(6):4507-4528.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30151826.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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Healthcare Organization
Organization Design
Organizational Transformation
Quality of Care
Service Line Management

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