Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal Story

Established in 2011, Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal pays tribute to individuals that comprise Idaho’s unique characteristics and achievements. The honorees are remarkable Idahoans who exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives, while continuing to preserve and promote the richness of Idaho and create a better world for all of us in the future by the work they do today. Idaho is a place, but it is the people of Idaho that make it a great state.

Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal was founded by Fahim and Naeem Rahim and is sponsored by the JRM Foundation for Humanity, a fund under the not-for-profit organization, the Idaho Community Fund. Drs. Rahim are the recipients of the 2011  Ellis Island Medal of Honor. They were the first Idahoans to receive this prestigious medal.


About the Founders

Fahim Rahim, MD FASN and Naeem Rahim, MD FASN – Brothers Fahim and Naeem moved to the United States in 1998 after finishing medical school at Aga Khan University, in Karachi, Pakistan. Fahim landed at Newark Airport in 1998 with fifty dollars in his pocket and a desire to fulfill an “American Dream.” After finishing their training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College, Fahim and Naeem moved to Idaho in 2005 and started the Idaho Kidney Institute, which is now the largest provider of care for patients suffering from kidney disease, dialysis, and kidney transplants in Southeastern Idaho. They are both affiliate faculty at Idaho State University (ISU), responsible for nephrology curriculum for Physicians Assistant School and Nursing school. In addition, they provide clinical mentoring for Family Medicine Resident from ISU’s Family Medicine Residency Program.

Drs. Rahim are also founders and managing partners of Nephro Consultants, LLC, a healthcare consulting firm for medical practices and healthcare startups. Along with serving as Director of Idaho Kidney Center in Pocatello and Director of Idaho Kidney Center in Blackfoot, Fahim is also Medical Director for Acute Dialysis program for Pocatello Medical Partners overseeing three regional hospitals, Portneuf Medical Center, Bingham Memorial, and Mountain View Hospitals. Naeem serves as Medical Director for Home Dialysis program, one of the largest programs in the Sate of Idaho. The brothers also joined as physician partners in Liberty Dialysis, a JV physician and corporate startup that recently underwent an acquisition by Fresenius Care, making it one of the largest dialysis providers in the world.

Fahim is a Co-Founder with Naeem and Chairman Board of Directors for JRM Foundation for Humanity, Inc., a not-for-profit organization looking to find innovative and creative ways to raise funds for several local charities and philanthropic activities. JRM Foundation has become part of Idaho Community Foundation, which oversees more than $65 million in philanthropic funds.

Both brothers are also Founding members and Chairman for the Idaho Hometown Hero Medal, a civilian medial endorsed by Governor Butch C. Otter of Idaho. The Idaho Hometown Hero Medal recognizes individuals that embody the spirit of philanthropy and have shown remarkable commitment to creating better communities across the State of Idaho.

The brothers more recent and biggest claim to fame to date is “House Call”, a live weekly radio talk show they co-host for KISU/National Public Radio (, broadcast on air and online.

Fahim is also a member of SoPE and recently nominated to join the Board of Directors for Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, a creative young organization looking to bring physician and technology entrepreneurs on a single platform.

Both brothers have been recipient of several regional and national honors and medals including Congressional Records from both the US House and Senate. They are proud recipients of US Senate Congressional Record in 2007 by US Senator Mike Crapo and recipients of Ellis Island Medals of Honor 2011, the third highest civilian award in the country. They are the First Idahoans to receive this medal in the last 25 years. Only 100 medals are awarded out of 10,000 nominations every year. With this award the Rahim brothers join an elite group, as past Medalists include six U.S. Presidents, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist; Generals Norman Schwarzkopf and Colin Powell; Sen. John McCain; Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell; Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; Muhammad Ali; and U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.

Drs. Rahim were also recipients of Congressional Record by US House of Representatives in July 2011, by Hon. Dan Burton of Indiana, Co-Chair Congressional Pakistan Caucus. In addition, they are recipients of aCongressional Record by US House 112th Congress Sept. 2011. Fahim was also a recipient of 2008 Overachiever Under 40 Award, as well as several other local business awards and nominations.

Fahim is also an avid cyclist and principal sponsor of ICE, Idaho Cycling Enthusiast, a local cycling club with several national title-holding cyclists. He is also an annual participant in LotoJa, the longest single-day bike race in the USA, (206 miles with over 12,000 feet of climbing across Utah, Idaho and Wyoming). In addition to running barefoot 26 miles a week and competing in several single-day century bike races across the country, he is involved in organizing annual fundraiser for IMBA-local trails and road safety efforts. Naeem enjoys skiing and has recently picked up running.

Fahim and Naeem are both actively involved in their communities both locally in Idaho and nationally, of course, when they are not skiing in their favorite place in the whole world, Sun Valley, Idaho.