Martin P. Charns, DBA

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Martin Charns
Talbot – T265W
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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.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


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


  • Published on 8/1/2020

    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. PMID: 32692135.

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  • Published on 4/1/2020

    Bokhour BG, Haun JN, Hyde J, Charns M, Kligler B. Transforming the Veterans Affairs to a Whole Health System of Care: Time for Action and Research. Med Care. 2020 04; 58(4):295-300. PMID: 32044866.

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  • Published on 3/10/2020

    Evans L, Wewiorski NJ, Ellison ML, Ni P, Harvey KLL, Hunt MG, Gorman JA, Charns MP. Development and Validation of an Instrument to Measure Staff Perceptions of Recovery Climate and Culture in Mental Health Programs. Psychiatr Serv. 2020 06 01; 71(6):570-579. PMID: 32151213.

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  • Published on 2/24/2020

    Rinne ST, Mohr DC, Swamy L, Blok AC, Wong ES, Charns MP. National Burnout Trends Among Physicians Working in the Department of Veterans Affairs. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 May; 35(5):1382-1388. PMID: 32096080.

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  • Published on 2/12/2020

    George J, Elwy AR, Charns MP, Maguire EM, Baker E, Burgess JF, Meterko M. Exploring the Association Between Organizational Culture and Large-Scale Adverse Events: Evidence from the Veterans Health Administration. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2020 May; 46(5):270-281. PMID: 32238298.

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  • Published on 1/28/2020

    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. 2020 Jan 28. PMID: 31996609.

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  • Published on 10/1/2019

    Mull HJ, Rosen AK, Charns MP, O'Brien WJ, Hawn MT, Itani KMF, Pizer SD. Emergency Department Use After Outpatient Surgery Among Dually Enrolled VA and Medicare Patients. Qual Manag Health Care. 2019 Oct/Dec; 28(4):191-199. PMID: 31567842.

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  • Published on 6/24/2019

    Wewiorski NJ, Gorman JA, Ellison ML, Hunt MG, Evans L, Charns MP. A site visit protocol for assessing recovery promotion at the program level: An example from the Veterans Health Administration. Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2019 Sep; 42(3):323-328. PMID: 31233322.

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  • Published on 5/1/2019

    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. PMID: 31068394.

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  • Published on 5/1/2019

    McDonald KM, Singer SJ, Gorin SS, Haggstrom DA, Hynes DM, Charns MP, Yano EM, Lucatorto MA, Zulman DM, Ong MK, Axon RN, Vogel D, Upton M. Incorporating Theory into Practice: Reconceptualizing Exemplary Care Coordination Initiatives from the US Veterans Health Delivery System. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 05; 34(Suppl 1):24-29. PMID: 31098965.

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