Dr. Antun is a recognized community leader for his humanitarian efforts towards the betterment of Latin Americans living at home and in South Florida. He is the recipient of various awards, including the proclamation of Dr. Rafael Antun Day on June 24, 1995 by the Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County. He was named professor of the year in the Department of Urology at the University of Miami in 1993, and in 1997, he was recognized by New York City's Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as one of the most outstanding Latin Americans residing in the U.S. Dr. Antun was also named Advisor to the Senate of the Dominican Republic and was selected as "Man of the Year" by the Dominican Independence Awards in Miami for his leadership and charitable activities. Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Peneles appointed Dr. Antun as Special Advisor for Latin American Trade Issues to the Mayor's International Trade Council. Dr Antun is the most proud of the Cross of Honor and Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella, which he received in 1993. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed by the President of the Dominican Republic.