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


  • Published on 11/4/2017

    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. PMID: 29112029.

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  • Published on 9/1/2017

    McIntosh N, Fix GM, Allsup K, Charns M, McDannold S, Manning K, Forman DE. A Qualitative Study of Participation in Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs in an Integrated Health Care System. Mil Med. 2017 Sep; 182(9):e1757-e1763. PMID: 28885933.

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  • Published on 8/7/2017

    Martinson BC, Mohr DC, Charns MP, Nelson D, Hagel-Campbell E, Bangerter A, Bloomfield HE, Owen R, Thrush CR. Main outcomes of an RCT to pilot test reporting and feedback to foster research integrity climates in the VA. AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2017 Jul-Sep; 8(3):211-219. PMID: 28949895.

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  • 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 12/14/2016

    Benzer JK, Charns MP, Hamdan S, Afable M. The role of organizational structure in readiness for change: A conceptual integration. Health Serv Manage Res. 2017 Feb; 30(1):34-46. PMID: 28166670.

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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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