Martin Charns

Martin P. Charns, DBA

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


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 Field of Study: Business Administration
  • Harvard University, MBA Field of Study: Business Administration
  • Case Institute of Technology, BS Field of Study: Mathematics


  • Published on 5/1/2022

    Charns MP, Benzer JK, McIntosh NM, Mohr DC, Singer SJ, Gurewich D. A Multi-site Case Study of Care Coordination Between Primary Care and Specialty Care. Med Care. 2022 May 01; 60(5):361-367. PMID: 35239562.

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  • Published on 10/1/2021

    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. 2021 Oct-Dec 01; 46(4):308-318. PMID: 31996609.

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  • Published on 4/1/2021

    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. 2021 04 01; 17(3):e177-e185. PMID: 29112029.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Charns MP. Limitations to National Policy and Financial Incentives: The Role of Organizational Dynamics. Med Care. 2021 03 01; 59(3):193-194. PMID: 33560764.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Bolton RE, Bokhour BG, Dvorin K, Wu J, Elwy AR, Charns M, Taylor SL. Garnering Support for Complementary and Integrative Health Implementation: A Qualitative Study of VA Healthcare Organization Leaders. J Altern Complement Med. 2021 Mar; 27(S1):S81-S88. PMID: 33788605.

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  • Published on 2/3/2021

    Charns MP. Limitations to National Policy and Financial Incentives: The Role of Organizational Dynamics. Med Care. 2021 Feb 03. PMID: 33560714.

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  • Published on 10/19/2020

    Fernandez WG, Benzer JK, Charns MP, Burgess JF. Applying a Model of Teamwork Processes to Emergency Medical Services. West J Emerg Med. 2020 Oct 19; 21(6):264-271. PMID: 33207175.

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  • Published on 9/28/2020

    Merker VL, Plotkin SR, Charns MP, Meterko M, Jordan JT, Elwy AR. Effective provider-patient communication of a rare disease diagnosis: A qualitative study of people diagnosed with schwannomatosis. Patient Educ Couns. 2021 04; 104(4):808-814. PMID: 33051127.

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  • Published on 9/1/2020

    Swamy L, Mohr D, Blok A, Anderson E, Charns M, Wiener RS, Rinne S. Impact of Workplace Climate on Burnout Among Critical Care Nurses in the Veterans Health Administration. Am J Crit Care. 2020 09 01; 29(5):380-389. PMID: 32869073.

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  • 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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