Martin P. Charns, DBA

Professor, Health Policy & Management
Martin Charns
Talbot – T265W
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Dr. Charns is Professor of Health Policy and Management (formerly Health Services) and director of the Program on Healthcare Organizational Studies at Boston University School of Public Health. He also is director of the Center for Organization, Leadership and Management Research, a VA Health Services Research and Development center of excellence. His research interests include organization design and change, implementation of evidence-based practices, coordination of care, quality improvement, systems redesign and patient safety. 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 35 years of consulting experience in health care organization and management, specializing in work with hospitals and integrated health care delivery systems. In addition to BU, he has held a faculty position at Carnegie-Mellon University. He holds a DBA from Harvard Business School.

Other Positions:

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM824


  • Published on 7/1/2014

    McIntosh N, Burgess JF, Meterko M, Restuccia JD, Alt-White AC, Kaboli P, Charns M. Impact of provider coordination on nurse and physician perceptions of patient care quality. J Nurs Care Qual. 2014 Jul-Sep; 29(3):269-79.

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  • Published on 11/1/2013

    Benzer JK, Bauer MS, Charns MP, Topor DR, Dickey CC. Resident/Faculty collaboration for systems-based quality improvement. Acad Psychiatry. 2013 Nov 1; 37(6):433-5.

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  • Published on 8/9/2013

    Benzer JK, Young GJ, Burgess JF, Baker E, Mohr DC, Charns MP, Kaboli PJ. Sustainability of Quality Improvement Following Removal of Pay-for-Performance Incentives. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jan; 29(1):127-32.

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  • Published on 1/3/2013

    Benzer JK, Beehler S, Cramer IE, Mohr DC, Charns MP, Burgess JF. Between and within-site variation in qualitative implementation research. Implement Sci. 2013; 8:4.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Hendricks AM, Amara J, Baker E, Charns MP, Gardner JA, Iverson KM, Kimerling R, Krengel M, Meterko M, Pogoda TK, Stolzmann KL, Lew HL. Screening for mild traumatic brain injury in OEF-OIF deployed US military: an empirical assessment of VHA's experience. Brain Inj. 2013; 27(2):125-34.

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  • Published on 11/1/2012

    Kilbourne AM, Greenwald DE, Bauer MS, Charns MP, Yano EM. Mental health provider perspectives regarding integrated medical care for patients with serious mental illness. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2012 Nov; 39(6):448-57.

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  • Published on 5/1/2012

    Charns MP, Foster MK, Alligood EC, Benzer JK, Burgess JF, Li D, McIntosh NM, Burness A, Partin MR, Clauser SB. Multilevel interventions: measurement and measures. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 2012 May; 2012(44):67-77.

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  • Published on 3/14/2012

    Wiltsey Stirman S, Kimberly J, Cook N, Calloway A, Castro F, Charns M. The sustainability of new programs and innovations: a review of the empirical literature and recommendations for future research. Implement Sci. 2012; 7:17.

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  • Published on 12/12/2011

    Davies EA, Meterko MM, Charns MP, Seibert ME, Cleary PD. Factors affecting the use of patient survey data for quality improvement in the Veterans Health Administration. BMC Health Serv Res. 2011; 11:334.

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  • Published on 8/1/2011

    Kilbourne AM, Pirraglia PA, Lai Z, Bauer MS, Charns MP, Greenwald D, Welsh DE, McCarthy JF, Yano EM. Quality of general medical care among patients with serious mental illness: does colocation of services matter? Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Aug; 62(8):922-8.

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