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 6/8/2023

    Adjognon OL, Cohen-Bearak A, Kaitz J, Bokhour BG, Chatelain L, Charns MP, Mohr DC. Factors affecting the implementation of employee whole health in the veterans health administration: a qualitative evaluation. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023 Jun 08; 23(1):600. PMID: 37291554.

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  • Published on 10/24/2022

    Charns MP, Lerner B, Yakovchenko V, Urech TH, Shin MH, Kim B, Engle RL, Vashi AA. Achieving transformation to lean management systems in health care. Health Serv Res. 2023 Apr; 58(2):343-355. PMID: 36129687.

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  • Published on 8/10/2022

    Evans L, Fabian MP, Charns MP, Gurewich D, Stopka TJ, Cabral HJ. Medicaid Expansion and Change in Federally Qualified Health Center Accessibility From 2008 to 2016. Med Care. 2022 10 01; 60(10):743-749. PMID: 35948346.

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  • Published on 7/6/2022

    Gray CP, Azevedo KJ, Urech TH, Lerner B, Charns MP, Vashi AA. Engaging Patients in the Veterans Health Administration's Lean Enterprise Transformation: A Qualitative Study. Qual Manag Health Care. 2023 Apr-Jun 01; 32(2):75-80. PMID: 35793546.

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  • Published on 6/9/2022

    Merker VL, Slobogean B, Jordan JT, Langmead S, Meterko M, Charns MP, Elwy AR, Blakeley JO, Plotkin SR. Understanding barriers to diagnosis in a rare, genetic disease: Delays and errors in diagnosing schwannomatosis. Am J Med Genet A. 2022 Sep; 188(9):2672-2683. PMID: 35678462.

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  • Published on 5/21/2022

    Charns MP, Bolton RE. Commentary on Burns, Nembhard and Shortell, "Integrating network theory into the study of integrated healthcare": Revisiting and extending research on structural and processual factors affecting coordination. Soc Sci Med. 2022 Jul; 305:115037. PMID: 35662513.

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  • 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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