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 of the VA Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, a VA Health Services Research and Development center of innovation. He is currently 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 40years 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 an MBA and DBA from Harvard Business School.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


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


  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Engle RL, Lopez ER, Gormley KE, Chan JA, Charns MP, Lukas CV. What roles do middle managers play in implementation of innovative practices? Health Care Manage Rev. 2017 Jan/Mar; 42(1):14-27. PMID: 26488239.

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  • Published on 10/14/2016

    Reddy SM, Rose DE, Burgess JF, Charns MP, Yano EM. The Role of Organizational Factors in the Provision of Comprehensive Women's Health in the Veterans Health Administration. Womens Health Issues. 2016 Nov - Dec; 26(6):648-655. PMID: 27745998.

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  • Published on 7/1/2016

    Forman DE, Fix GM, McDannold S, McIntosh N, Schopfer DW, Whooley MA, Charns MP. Decisive Bearing of Organizational Dynamics on the Application and Success of Hospital-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation. Mayo Clin Proc. 2016 Jul; 91(7):975-7. PMID: 27378045.

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  • Published on 6/1/2016

    Brewster AL, Cherlin EJ, Ndumele CD, Collins D, Burgess JF, Charns MP, Bradley EH, Curry LA. What Works in Readmissions Reduction: How Hospitals Improve Performance. Med Care. 2016 Jun; 54(6):600-7. PMID: 27050446.

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  • Published on 4/1/2016

    Babich LP, Charns MP, McIntosh N, Lerner B, Burgess JF, Stolzmann KL, VanDeusen Lukas C. Building Systemwide Improvement Capability: Does an Organization's Strategy for Quality Improvement Matter? Qual Manag Health Care. 2016 Apr-Jun; 25(2):92-101. PMID: 27031358.

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  • Published on 3/11/2016

    Martinson BC, Nelson D, Hagel-Campbell E, Mohr D, Charns MP, Bangerter A, Thrush CR, Ghilardi JR, Bloomfield H, Owen R, Wells JA. Initial Results from the Survey of Organizational Research Climates (SOuRCe) in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. PLoS One. 2016; 11(3):e0151571. PMID: 26967736.

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  • Published on 1/1/2016

    62. Benzer, J. K., Charns, M. P., Hamdan, S., & Afable, M. The role of organizational structure in readiness for change: A conceptual integration. Health Services Management Research. 2016; 29(1):1-13.

  • Published on 12/15/2015

    Benzer JK, Mohr DC, Evans L, Young G, Meterko MM, Moore SC, Nealon Seibert M, Osatuke K, Stolzmann KL, White B, Charns MP. Team Process Variation Across Diabetes Quality of Care Trajectories. Med Care Res Rev. 2016 Oct; 73(5):565-89. PMID: 26670549.

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  • Published on 10/2/2015

    Benzer JK, Cramer IE, Burgess JF, Mohr DC, Sullivan JL, Charns MP. How personal and standardized coordination impact implementation of integrated care. BMC Health Serv Res. 2015; 15:448. PMID: 26432790.

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  • Published on 8/26/2015

    Labonte AJ, Benzer JK, Burgess JF, Cramer IE, Meterko M, Pogoda TK, Charns MP. The Effects of Organization Design and Patient Perceptions of Care on Switching Behavior and Reliance on a Health Care System Across Time. Med Care Res Rev. 2016 Apr; 73(2):182-204. PMID: 26311255.

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